First Grenfell Tower victim identified was 'amazing and kind' say family

Lance Nichols
June 18, 2017

One of the first victims of the Grenfell Tower fire in London has been named as 23-year-old Syrian refugee Mohammed Alhajali.

Mohammed Alhajali was a civil engineering student at West London University, with a dream to return home and "rebuild" Syria.

He was separated from his brother Omar, who survived the fire, as they fled the tower block through thick smoke.

While he was trapped in his apartment, Alhajali called friends and family at home in war-torn Syria, according to London's Daily Telegraph, before he sent one final message: "The fire is here now, goodbye".

Speaking to the BBC, heartbroken Mohammad said: "I saw the fire in the flat from outside".

Speaking to the BBC, Hazem al-Haj Ali, the eldest brother of Mohammed, said that his mother was desperate to come to the United Kingdom to see her son before he is buried.

Labour MP David Lammy confirmed her death, writing on Twitter: "May you rest in peace Khadija Saye".

'I said: "Where are you?".

Omar was reportedly found in hospital where he is said to be in a stable condition, according to the group.


Up to 600 people lived in the social housing block in more than 120 apartments. They were in the building fire in London yesterday. "His story touched me personally because he had escaped death from Syria and came to the United Kingdom to find a new life". I was watching the flat.

Ali was a resident on the fourteenth floor of the Grenfell Tower in north-west London, according to the Syria Solidarity Campaign, a United Kingdom activist group.

A Syrian support group set up the fund for Mohammed Alhajali, a refugee who came to Britain in 2014.

A Home Office spokeswoman said: "We have established processes in place which allow us to consider visa applications outside the Immigration Rules on compassionate grounds".

Firefighters use a hydraulic lift to inspect Grenfell Tower, where Mohammed and Omar lived together.

The official death toll from Wednesday's blaze remains at 30, but today Met Police Commander Stuart Cundy said there were at least 58 people missing presumed dead, including those already known to have died.

"We've been to all the hospitals and we've been searching all day but we still haven't found them". It was burning and my brother was inside.

"[Fire-fighters] told me that the way this fire had spread and took hold of the building was rapid, it was ferocious, it was unexpected", she said. "I just sat there and thought, 'That could be me in there, ' " he said, "And what would anyone do to stop it?"

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