LONDON, United Kingdom (Kurdistan24) – Muslim’s observing Ramadan saved the lives of several people after a deadly fire engulfed a tower in London, according to a resident.
Flames erupted from the Grenfell Tower in North Kensington where over 200 firefighters arrived on the scene to battle the inferno.
The London Fire Brigade received initial calls about the blaze at 12:54 a.m. local time, where many Muslims were awake due to Ramadan.
“Most Muslims now observing Ramadan will normally not go to bed until about 2:00 a.m. maybe 2:30 a.m. until they have their late night last meal,” Rashida, a local resident, told Sky News.
Another resident, filmed on social media, said more people would have been dead if it weren’t for “young Muslim boys, helping us, coming from [the] Mosque.”
The death toll from the fire has risen to at least a dozen, with more casualties feared as rescue workers look for people trapped in the rubble.
“This is an unprecedented incident,” Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton told reporters.
“In my 29 years of being a firefighter I have never, ever seen anything of this scale,” he added.
Witnesses and survivors said people in the apartments desperately banged on windows and screamed for help, with some even throwing their children from higher floors down to safety.
Residents claimed they had warned of a potential fire threat in the building, although there was no immediate explanation for the cause.
“I consider this mass murder,” one tenant told British media, adding residents had complained for years to the London City Council about the building’s safety.