Grenfell Tower, a 24-storey building was completely engulfed in flames when a fire that began on a lower floor in the middle of the night spread in no time. People lost their lives, their belongings and everything they had.
Meanwhile, Muslims who were awake for Ramzan did something which is now being praised. In the hours of the disaster, they saved their sleeping neighbors by waking them up as the fire was spreading. Residents who had stayed up for Suhur, the meal between 1-2 am before Muslims begin fasting again, saw the blazes break out just before 1 am.
People of the Muslim community revealed how they identified smoke in the early hours of Wednesday morning and began running around banging on their neighbors’ doors, thus saving many lives.
Amidst claims that fire alarms and sprinklers were not working in the west London block, Muslims in the building helped people evacuate in the best possible ways.
Khalid Suleman Ahmed, 20, who resides on the eighth floor of Grenfell Tower, said that he would not normally be up so late, however, at this particular night he was waiting for Suhur. As reported by HuffPost UK he said,
No fire alarms went off and there were no warning. I was playing PlayStation waiting to eat suhuur then smelt smoke, I got up and looked out of my window and saw the seventh floor smoking. I woke my auntie up, then got clothes on and started knocking on neighbors’ doors.
Every house opened except two – I saw the other guy later on so only 1 family unaccounted for. My next door neighbor was fast asleep.
“Most Muslims now observing Ramadan will normally not go to bed until about 2 am, maybe 2.30 am, when they have their late-night last meal. They do their last prayer, most of the families around here would have been awake and I think even with the noise of the helicopters, it would have brought a lot of attention to a lot of residents, non-Muslim as well, [who] would have thought ‘something’s going on that’s not quite normal,” as published in Daily Mail.
As per latest reports, firefighters have worked hard to dampen the deadly fire. Almost 12 people have been killed and many are missing. 65 people have been rescued, and the police has warned an expected rise in the number of deaths.