London: Twelve people have been killed in the massive inferno that engulfed the 27-storey Grenfell Tower in West London. But eyewitnesses and residents of the block tower have stated many lives were saved by those who were awake fasting for Ramadan.
Multiple witnesses told Sky News that Muslims who were awake for Ramadan were among those who raised an alarm as the fire began to spread in the building at dawn.
“Muslim boys saved people’s lives. They ran around knocking on people’s doors. Thank God for Ramadan,” a local resident told HuffPost UK.
The fire had engulfed the building at around 2 am (GMT) and survivors said they saw the flames outside their windows, rising up the exterior of the building. Over 50 people have been hospitalised.
“Thank you, Ramadan, thank you for Ramadan,” eyewitnesses were heard saying even as smoke billowed from the building in the background.
Thank goodness for Ramadan it may have saved many lives as people where eating their late meal 🥘🙏🏼#GrenfellTower
— Esme ™️ (@ezd1973) June 14, 2017
“If it wasn’t for all the young Muslim boys around here helping us, coming from mosques, people would have been dead,” another eyewitness said.
— AssedBaig (@AssedBaig) June 14, 2017
Most residents who did not hear the fire alarm go off were alerted by Muslim families who were awake to break their fast.
“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 that would have thought something’s going on that’s not quite normal,” A local resident, Rashida, told Sky News.
“Muslims played a big part in getting a lot of people out,” another resident, Andre Barroso, told The Independent.
After the tragic mishap, many people have donated food, clothes to the victims and many religious centres are providing shelter to those who have lost their homes.
An Noor have opened their doors and I'm giving lifts if anyone is in need. Please holler ASAP. I am here pic.twitter.com/Cf7MBccI8x
— •تيانا• (@farisiyyah) June 14, 2017
St clement and st James church opens its doors to people who've been evacuated and other locals pic.twitter.com/2MIAh46ZT5
— Dan Cairns (@Dan1Sky) June 14, 2017