Photos: Fire consumes London high-rise, death toll rises to 17

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Firefighters direct jets of water onto a tower block severely damaged by a serious fire, in north Kensington, West London, Britain June 14, 2017. A fire ripped through a 24-storey block of flats in west London early on Wednesday, killing at least 17 people and trapping dozens of residents, some of whom were seen throwing children from windows in the hope they survive the blaze. (Toby Melville / Reuters)

Firefighters direct jets of water onto a tower block severely damaged by a serious fire, in north Kensington, West London, Britain June 14, 2017. A fire ripped through a 24-storey block of flats in west London early on Wednesday, killing at least 17 people and trapping dozens of residents, some of whom were seen throwing children from windows in the hope they survive the blaze. (Toby Melville / Reuters)

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A woman cries as she tries to locate a missing relative suspected of being affected by the massive fire that engulfed Grenfell Tower, a residential block . (Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)

A woman cries as she tries to locate a missing relative suspected of being affected by the massive fire that engulfed Grenfell Tower, a residential block . (Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)

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Eyewitnesses said they had also seen some people fall or jump from the Grenfell Tower, a 1970s building in the working-class north Kensington area, after it caught fire at around 1am UK time (0530 India time). (Neil Hall / REUTERS)

Eyewitnesses said they had also seen some people fall or jump from the Grenfell Tower, a 1970s building in the working-class north Kensington area, after it caught fire at around 1am UK time (0530 India time). (Neil Hall / REUTERS)

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People wear masks near a tower block severely damaged by a serious fire. (Neil Hall / REUTERS)

People wear masks near a tower block severely damaged by a serious fire. (Neil Hall / REUTERS)

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A woman carries water near a tower block severely damaged by a serious fire. (Toby Melville / REUTERS)

A woman carries water near a tower block severely damaged by a serious fire. (Toby Melville / REUTERS)

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London’s Ambulance Service says 74 people are being treated, 20 of whom are in critical condition. (Neil Hall / REUTERS)

London’s Ambulance Service says 74 people are being treated, 20 of whom are in critical condition. (Neil Hall / REUTERS)

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Between 400 and 600 people were estimated to be lived in the building. (Matt Dunham / AP)

Between 400 and 600 people were estimated to be lived in the building. (Matt Dunham / AP)

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Mosques, gurdwaras and churches in West London have opened their doors to offer assistance to the survivors . (Neil Hall / REUTERS)

Mosques, gurdwaras and churches in West London have opened their doors to offer assistance to the survivors . (Neil Hall / REUTERS)

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The area around Grenfell Tower is home to a large number of Muslims. It has been reported that Muslim communities have rushed to the assistance of affected residents. (AP)

The area around Grenfell Tower is home to a large number of Muslims. It has been reported that Muslim communities have rushed to the assistance of affected residents. (AP)

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Local resident Georgina stands distraught on her balcony after a fire engulfed the 24-storey Grenfell Tower. (Rick Findler / AP)

Local resident Georgina stands distraught on her balcony after a fire engulfed the 24-storey Grenfell Tower. (Rick Findler / AP)

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It is believed that Muslims in the building, up at 1:00 AM due to Ramazan, acted as lifesavers, alerting other residents sand helping people to get out of the burning building. (Matt Dunham / AP)

It is believed that Muslims in the building, up at 1:00 AM due to Ramazan, acted as lifesavers, alerting other residents sand helping people to get out of the burning building. (Matt Dunham / AP)

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Smoke billows as firefighters deal with a serious fire in a tower block at Latimer Road in West London, Britain June 14, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville (Toby Melville / Reuters)

Smoke billows as firefighters deal with a serious fire in a tower block at Latimer Road in West London, Britain June 14, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville (Toby Melville / Reuters)

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