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Woke up for Suhoor, Muslims helped save lives at London Tower fire

This handout image received by local resident Natalie Oxford early on June 14, 2017 shows flames and smoke coming from a 27-storey block of flats after a fire broke out in west London. The fire brigade said 40 fire engines and 200 firefighters had been called to the blaze in Grenfell Tower, which has 120 flats. / AFP PHOTO / Natalie Oxford / Natalie OXFORD / -----EDITORS NOTE --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / Natalie Oxford" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - NO ARCHIVES

LONDON: Muslim residents woken up for Ramadan sehri acted as lifesavers who helped save lives at Grenfell Tower fire.

According to reports coming from the scene, Muslims residents were among the first to spot the smoke as there were woken for Suhoor.

By knocking on doors of sleeping neighbors, they raised alarm and alert neighbors to get out of the burning building without delay.

Mohammed, a local resident and his father, wife and two children who were up late for Ramadan lucky enough to escaped quickly.

Rashida, another resident, told Sky News how Muslims residents have helped saved lives in the tower block.
She said: “Most Muslims now observing Ramadan will normally not go to be until about 2am maybe 2.30am.

“Until they have their late night last meal. They do their last prayer.

“So most of the families around here would have been awake and I think even with the noise with the helicopters, it would have brought a lot of attention to a lot of residents non-Muslim as well that would have thought something’s going on that’s not quite normal.”

A massive fire tore through a 27-storey apartment block in London before dawn on Wednesday, causing ‘number of fatalities’, with terrified residents trapped inside.

The fire brigade said 40 fire engines and 200 firefighters had been working on the blaze.

The Grenfell Tower was built in 1974 and contains 120 homes.