The first named victim of the Grenfell fire is a refugee who came to London ‘to find safety’.
Mohammed Al Haj Ali, pictured in the red t-shirt, fled from Syria, and was killed in the blaze, along with 16 others.
Mohammed fled his home country in search of a happy and better life in the UK.
The charitable Syrian Solidarity Campaign confirmed that Mohammed had died on their Facebook page.
RIP Mohammed Al Haj Ali.
A Syrian refugee in the UK, Mohammed passed away in the #Grenfell tower fire yesterday.
We are heartbroken for his family, who thought he had found safety in the UK.
In a heartbreaking statement a friend of Mohammed’s said:
He survived Assad, he survived the war, only to be killed in a tower block in London, there are no words.
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According to The Telegraph, Mohammed also sent a message to his family saying, ‘the fire is here, goodbye’.
It is believed that Mohammed lived in the tower block with his brother Omar, who is reportedly in hospital.
Gent4Humanity – another organisation, said:
Mohammed fled Syria for a new life of safety only to die in a fire that should not have happened.
Please spare a thought for his brother Omar who survived, and the rest of his family who are now grieving.
Emergency services have sent in sniffer dogs to the block, to try and locate bodies of other victims.
Specialist urban search and rescue teams have been brought in, so that the 24-storey tower block is safe for firefighters and police to enter and carry out investigations.
Commander Stuart Cundy, of the Metropolitan Police, said:
Sadly I can confirm that the number of people who have died is now 17 and we do believe that that number will sadly increase.
Anyone concerned about a missing family member of friend is advised by police to call the Casualty Bureau on 0800 0961 233.