London fire: Muslims up early for Ramadan may have saved Grenfell Tower residents’ lives

Witnesses said that many of the people helping were Muslim

Witnesses said that many of the people helping were Muslim

Muslims awake for Ramadan might have helped save lives after noticing the horrific blaze at Grenfell Tower.

Muslims awake for Ramadan might have helped save lives after noticing the horrific blaze at Grenfell Tower.

Residents have told of how they didn’t hear alarms as the fire swept through the 24-storey tower block in West London. But they were instead alerted to the blaze by fellow residents, some of whom may have been Muslim people who were awake early in the morning because of Ramadan and were among the first to notice the fire.

Residents have told of how they didn’t hear alarms as the fire swept through the 24-storey tower block in West London. But they were instead alerted to the blaze by fellow residents, some of whom may have been Muslim people who were awake early in the morning because of Ramadan and were among the first to notice the fire.

The fire broke out not long after midnight and when many people living inside the tower block were asleep.

The fire broke out not long after midnight and when many people living inside the tower block were asleep.

Muslims were among the first people on the scene as people were evacuated from Grenville Tower.

Andre Barroso, 33, told The Independent: “Muslims played a big part in getting a lot of people out.

“Most of the people I could see were Muslim. They have also been providing food and clothes.”

Local residents watch as Grenfell Tower is engulfed by fire

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London Fire Brigade said there has been a number of fatalities from the blaze

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The fire was first reported in the early hours of Wednesday and continued into the morning

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A local resident sees the fire over the rooftops

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A firefighter reacts at the scene of the blaze

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Residents watch as the blaze continues

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More than 200 firefighters have been fighting the blaze

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan has declared the fire a major incident

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Police and fire services attempted to evacuate the concrete block of flats

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A woman runs to assist paramedics working at the fire at the Grenfell Tower

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Smoke rises from the building after a huge fire engulfed the 24 story Grenfell Tower in Latimer Road, West London in the early hours of Wednesday morning

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Fire fighters tackle the 24-storey building in West London

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Ambulances are stationed nearby

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Paramedics arrive with oxygen

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Emergency services believe it will take some time to establish the cause of the fire

Tens of people have been taken to five different hospitals across London

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A man comforts a boy after the tower block was severely damaged

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Firefighters stand amid debris in a childrens playground nearby

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Firefighters are stationed at the building

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Smoke engulfs Grenfell tower

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Lots of people donating water, food and clothing to St Clement’s church for the residents of Grenfell Tower in Latimer Road

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A man speaks to a fire fighter after a huge fire engulfed the 24 story Grenfell Tower in Latimer Road, West London

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According to the London Fire Brigade (LFB), 40 fire engines and 200 firefighters are working to put out the blaze. Residents in the tower were evacuated and a number of people were treated for a range of injuries

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A resident of Grenfell Tower is trapped as smoke billows from the window after a fire engulfed the building

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A distressed, trapped man waves an item of clothing from his window, at the scene of a huge fire at Grenfell tower block in Latimer Road

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Members of the emergency services work at the scene of a huge blaze which engulfed Grenfell Tower, a residential tower block in Latimer Road

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According to the London Fire Brigade (LFB), 40 fire engines and 200 firefighters are working to put out the blaze

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Fire fighters tackle the building after a huge fire engulfed the 24 story Grenfell Tower in Latimer Road, West London

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The burnt facade of Grenfell Tower, the night after the fire in Latimer Road, West London

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Local residents gather at a community centre near Grenfell Tower in Latimer Road

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Police and rescue services operate near the fire at Grenfell Tower, a 24-storey apartment block in Latimer Road

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A man stands amid debris on the A40 after a serious fire in a tower block at Latimer Road in West London

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A view of the empty A40 highway after it was closed in both directions, due to the proximity of the fire at Grenfell Tower block in Latimer Road

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Smoke rises from the building after a huge fire engulfed the 24 storey residential Grenfell Tower block in Latimer Road, West London

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Bodies are removed from the scene after a fire engulfed the 24-storey Grenfell Tower in west London

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Bodies are removed from the scene after a fire engulfed the 24-storey Grenfell Tower in west London

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Provisions on tables at the Westway Sports Centre close to the scene after a fire engulfed the 24-storey Grenfell Tower in west London

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Beds are laid out in the Westway Sports Centre close to the scene after a fire engulfed the 24-storey Grenfell Tower in west London

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A pile of donated clothes, sleeping bags and water lie next to a police cordon near the burning the 24 storey residential Grenfell Tower block in Latimer Road, West London

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Signs asking for donations are seen outside the Notting Hill methodist Chruch

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Smoke rises from the building after a huge fire engulfed the 24 storey residential Grenfell Tower block in Latimer Road, West London

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A man is rescued by fire fighters after a huge fire engulfed the 24 storey residential Grenfell Tower block in Latimer Road, West London

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He said lots of people were still searching for friends and relatives who lived inside the tower.

Many people have donated water, food and clothing to the nearby St Clement church, where locals have taken refuge. Others are distributing water bottles to those waiting outside.

“Everybody was hands on. It was wonderful to see everyone come together.”

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