Grenfell Tower fire: Relatives desperately search for missing

June 14, 2017
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Firefighters are still at the scene of the “catastrophic” blaze which ripped through Grenfell Tower in west London in the early hours of Wednesday.

The inferno has so far claimed the lives of six people, and police say that figure is likely to rise. Twenty people are receiving critical care and 74 have been given hospital treatment.

Hundreds of people lived in the 24-storey Kensington and Chelsea Borough Council social housing block, which contained 120 flats.

Residents had previously warned of an imminent fire risk in the building, which had received a £10m refurbishment last year.

Mariem Elgwahry

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The 27-year-old lived in a flat on the 19th floor of the tower.

A former work colleague has tweeted her picture and asked anyone who has seen Ms Elgwahry to get in touch.

Three of Ms Elgwahry’s family members were also believed to live in the same apartment – it is not known whether they were in the flat at the time the fire broke out.

Mohamed ‘Saber’ Neda

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Mr Neda’s wife and son both escaped to safety after the fire broke out and are both now in hospital. They are both believed to be unconscious.

The last contact with Mr Neda, who is 57, was at 3am, when he phoned his nephew and told him he was stuck in the kitchen of his flat on the top floor.

Ali Yawar Jafari

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The 82-year-old man has been confirmed missing by his family.

He lived on the 11th floor of the block of flats.

Jessica Urbano Ramiez

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The 12-year-old is the niece of a friend of film director Noel Clarke.

He tweeted a picture of the teenager, appealing for anyone who knows where she is to get in contact.

Khadija Saye and Mary Mendyr

The 24-year-old was in her flat on the 20th floor, with her mother, Mary Mendy, who is thought to be in her 50s.

Her friend, Nicola Green, said: “We’re desperately trying to communicate with all the hospitals.

“We’re told some people have been rescued up to the 19th and 20th floor. She was on the 20th floor. Nobody has any information at this point.”

 Ms Green said Ms Saye was last heard from at 3am when she was direct messaging from her flat, as her phone was not working.

“She was on Facebook saying she was unable to get out of the flat, that the smoke was so thick,” Ms Green said.

“She was saying she just can’t get out and ‘Please pray for me. There’s a fire in my council block. I can’t leave the flat. Please pray for me and my mum.’

A local artist, Ms Saye is currently showing her art work in the Venice Biennale.