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Celebs Play Benefit Soccer Match to Aid London Fire Victims

"Homeland" actor Damian Lewis said he grew up in the neighborhood and played soccer near the tower every week for more than two decades

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    Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Prince William visited a West London site on June 16 where community groups have gathered supplies for those affected by the apartment tower fire disaster. The royals met with volunteers and local officials as well as firefighters and police officers. The queen has expressed her sympathies to families of victims of the blaze that ripped through the 24-story building, killing at least 30. (Published Friday, June 16, 2017)

    Stars from the entertainment and sports worlds have played a soccer match in London to benefit victims of the high-rise apartment building fire that claimed more than 80 lives in June.

    The game was played Saturday before a sellout crowd at Loftus Road stadium, one mile from the burned-out Grenfell Tower.

    Running legend Mo Farah, Mumford & Sons frontman Marcus Mumford, actor Jamie Dornan, singer Olly Murs and Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho were among those participating in the celebrity match.

    "Homeland" actor Damian Lewis said he grew up in the neighborhood and played soccer near the tower every week for more than two decades.

    Deadly Flames Engulf London High-Rise

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    Fire swept through a high-rise apartment building in west London early Wednesday, June 14, 2017, killing an unknown number of people and sending dozens to hospitals. More than 200 firefighters battled the flames, which engulfed the 24-story building.

    (Published Wednesday, June 14, 2017)

    Lewis says it was important to let people affected by the fire "know we haven't forgotten."

    Ticket proceeds were earmarked for a Grenfell victims fund.