Published: Fri, June 16, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Muslims up early for Ramazan saved lives in horrific London tower blaze

"I do anticipate the number of fatalities will sadly increase beyond those 12 people", said Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Mundy.

Many Muslims, who were awake at that time of night waiting for the time of Suhoor - the meal consumed early in the morning by Muslims before fasting, helped the people around them escape the fire. Thirty-seven were still hospitalized on Thursday, with 17 in critical condition.

Mr Maughan, 26, from Tottenham, came to the scene to help a friend who was evacuated from the 24-storey building which was devastated by a huge fire in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Firefighters searched for bodies Thursday in a London tower block gutted by a blaze that has already left 12 dead, as questions grew over whether a refurbishment had contributed to the disaster.

One focus of the investigation is expected to be the building's rain-screen cladding that was installed for better insulation during the almost 10-million-pound refurbishment work carried out on the building previous year.

"People deserve answers. The inquiry will give them that", said May, the Conservative leader who set aside her efforts to form a new government Thursday to visit the scene of the blaze.

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It just reminded me of 9/11", said Muna Ali, 45. "She lived on the other side of the tower [from where the fire started]". Firefighters work at the scene after a deadly blaze at a high rise apartment block in London , Wednesday, June 14, 2017 .

"Firefighters say this external cladding is flammable, non-conforming; stuff that shouldn't be on buildings and poses an enormous risk on residents and to firefighters".

Rita Ora has been doing all she can to help those affected by the Grenfell Tower inferno in west London on Wednesday (13.06.17).

"And he is a professional fire officer", Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton told Sky News.

David Collins, former chairman of the Grenfell Tower Residents' Association, said the building's management had failed to listen to residents' calls for improvements on fire safety.

Asked if the death toll could climb to triple figures, he said: "From a personal perspective, I really hope it isn't".

"This was clearly a very rapid transmission of flame up the front of the building", he said.

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"Every single person that lives in a high rise apartment today is going to be thinking, 'How safe am I?"' The fire has been burning for more than three hours and stretches from the second to the 27th floor of the building.

"Adele was going around and hugging everyone she could to comfort them", one wrote on Twitter, while another added, "Adele is at now at Grenfell Tower asking if anyone needs help that was affected by the fire". "My arm got a little burned, but I'm lucky to have survived", she said. He added it's standard guidance that residents should stay in their apartments if a fire breaks out, as many of those in Grenfell Tower did.

An angry crowd has confronted Sadiq Khan on the scene of the Grenfell Tower disaster, demanding accountability and urging that the community can not wait a year for an independent inquiry.

The fire at Grenfell Tower on the Lancaster West Estate in Latimer Road was reported at 01:16 AM (local time) yesterday.

Khalid Suleman Ahmed, a Muslim man speaking to HuffPost UK said, "No fire alarms went off and there were no warning".

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip have paid tribute to London firefighters whose bravery prevented a greater loss of life in the high-rise fire.

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"While we do have forms of aluminium composite cladding on some buildings, we need to establish whether those types are the same aluminium composite as apparently was used in the [London] tower block".

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