‘Muslims up for sehri may have saved lives in London flats fire’
Two hundred firefighters were sent desperately trying to free trapped residents after a huge blaze engulfed a block of flats in West London. Rashida, a local resident, told Sky News how Muslims observing Ramazan may have saved lives in the tower block, as many were awake, which would have helped. “Most Muslims now observing Ramadan will normally not go to bed until about 2am,” she said. “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 non-Muslim residents as well who would have thought something's going on that’s not quite normal.” The local resident admitted it was a tightly knit area in which everyone knew everyone. She added: “It’s a very diverse area, we have all nationalities, all religions. We all live peacefully amongst each other [and] there is not much crime higher than anywhere else. You can walk around safely late at night … we all know each other. We all know each other, there is a very high population of Moroccans, and for some reason we all live close to each other. Literally everyone knows each other.” Forty fire engines rushed to tackle the enormous fire that destroyed Grenfell Tower on the Lancaster West Estate. There are reports that some people are still trapped inside the building and people were reported to have been screaming to be rescued. Desperate residents trapped high in the enormous tower built ropes from sheets in an attempt to reach the ground. The Metropolitan Police have confirmed that emergency services are attending a large fire in the Lancaster West Estate. The police have asked everyone to avoid the area. It is not yet known what caused the fire but reports suggest it could be an electrical fault and possibly an exploding fridge. The Metropolitan Police confirmed an evacuation attempt is still underway and that a number of people are being treated for a range of injuries. Early reports suggest 30 people have been taken to five hospitals in the area.