According to various statements made by residents of the region, the fact that many muslim inhabitants were awake for Suhoor helped draw attention to the fire and led to the authorities being informed more quickly.
As Moroccan local resident Rashida told Sky News: « “Most Muslims now observing Ramadan will normally not go to bed until about 2am maybe 2.30am. Until they have their late night last meal. They do their last prayer. »
« So most of the families around here would have been awake and I think even with the noise with the helicopters, it would have brought a lot of attention to a lot of residents non-Muslim as well that would have thought something’s going on that’s not quite normal.”
She went on talking about how tight-knit the community was, and how many different nationalities lived in the tower including a « very high population of Moroccans ».
Another lady named Nadia Yousuf, has also confirmed to BuzzFeed that Muslim residents were among the first to notice the fire, as they woke up to prepare their meal for fast.
« They saw it just after they woke up to eat », she said.
At least six people have been killed – and others remain trapped – in a large fire on a west London estate being battled by more than 200 firefighters and 40 fire engines. According to the Telegraph, local community centers and religious buildings have opened to help those who have lost their homes, and left with nothing but their pyjamas.