Mosques, gurdwaras and churches help survivors of London fire

The fire is believed to have broken out on the second floor of the tower block housing 120 flats over 20 residential levels and four community levels and had soon engulfed the entire building.

By: PTI | London | Published:June 14, 2017 6:04 pm
Firefighters take a break from fighting a massive fire that raged in a high-rise apartment building in London, Wednesday, June 14, 2017. A deadly night-time fire raced through a 24-story apartment tower in London early Wednesday, killing at least six people and injuring dozens more. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Mosques, gurdwaras and churches in West London have opened their doors to offer assistance to the survivors of a huge fire that engulfed a 24-storey residential tower block killing six people and injuring over 50 others. “Sikh Gurdwaras in London have started collecting and distributing spare clothes, toys, toiletries for Grenfell Tower evacuees,” Harjinder Kukreja, a Sikh philanthropist, said.

“The evacuees only have what they’re wearing. We need to support them with spare necessities,” he was quoted as saying by the metro.co.uk. London’s Sikh community was also praised for helping people in the wake of the UK terror attack. While St Clements Church in Treadgold St has been turned into an evacuation centre to support Grenfell Tower residents who have managed to escape the blaze.

“If you can help with clothes, food, blankets, toiletries etc please donate,” Labour MP David Lammy said. The area around Grenfell Tower is home to a large number of Muslims. It has been reported that Muslim communities have rushed to the assistance of affected residents.

“Local Mosque in #latimerroad area open doors for help. Really appreciated by locals. #GrenfellTower #LondonFire,” Syed Ajmal Kazmi said. One resident, Mohammed, who escaped with his family, said they were up late because of it being Ramazan so they were able to escape the building quickly after smelling smoke. It is believed that Muslims in the building, up at 1:00 AM due to Ramazan, acted as lifesavers, alerting other residents sand helping people to get out of the burning building.

The fire is believed to have broken out on the second floor of the tower block housing 120 flats over 20 residential levels and four community levels and had soon engulfed the entire building.

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    Raj Parwani
    Jun 15, 2017 at 1:38 am
    Well Done Mosques, gurdwaras and churches, this shows that in the time of crises good people show their best and bad people show their worst, remember what Donald Trump did after London terrorist attacks of last week, instead of supporting victims he started attacking Mayor of London Sadiq Khan cause he had personal problems with a Muslim mayor of the city.
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