First Grenfell Tower fire victim named as University of West London student

Kristopher Drake
June 18, 2017

The 24-year-old engineering student is said to have been trapped in the tower block for two hours and spoke on the phone to his brother before finally succumbing to smoke inhalation.

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. "My mate Tim got out with his daughter and then went back in for his dogs and that was the last anyone's heard of him", he said.

Mohammed Alhajali, who is reported to be 23, came to the United Kingdom in 2014 and was studying civil engineering whilst living in North Kensington.

Abdulaziz Almashi, a family friend and co-founder of the UK-based Syrian Solidarity Campaign said Mohammad had remained trapped for two hours in his 14th floor flat, with firefighters unable to reach floors above the 13th. I didn't even see anything, even my fingers, nothing.

Harrowing stories have emerged of families separated as they fled the horror blaze and terrified residents saying their goodbyes over the phone as flames engulfed the building. They said: "'Come, come.' They were pushing us", he told the.

Everyone was giving donations and I was one of them, clothing, bedding, etc.

The University of West London said they were aware that a number of their students live in or near to Grenfell Tower, some of whom have already been confirmed as safe.

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.

The brothers were granted asylum in Britain three years ago after successfully escaping from Daraa, a southern city in Syria that is the birthplace of the Syrian uprising against Assad, the country's leader. "I mourn the tragic loss of a wonderful young woman", said David Lammy, an MP who knew her.

"I have started this petition on behalf of Omar Alhajali as I am their family friend and would like to reunite them with their family".

At least 30 people were killed in the blaze. "It was very bad. In the end, my [caregiver] arrived and I said to her, 'Please God, shut the window, I can't listen to the screams anymore.' I can still hear the screaming in my head two days later". I was watching the flat - it was burning - and my brother was inside.

"He said "No one brought me outside".

"She was with a group of people in the fire escape, in the fire stairs, they live on the 20th floor", said Ms Ruiz.

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