Screaming residents build ropes from sheets and lean out windows as huge fire at West London tower block engulfs the 24-floor building with 200 firefighters struggling to control the blaze

Desperate residents are building ropes from sheets in an attempt to escape from their windows as a huge inferno is engulfing a tower block in west London.

The ‘horrendous’ blaze has struck the 24-storey Grenfell Tower in Latimer Road, White City, in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The fire has reportedly spread to five floors, with firefighters struggling to bring it under control. There are 40 fire engines and 200 firefighters at the Lancaster West Estate.