Two young sisters who had been reported as missing since yesterday morning in the shocking Grenfell tower block fire have been found alive.
Tazmin Belkadi, 6, and her older sister Malek, 8, were rescued from the top of the tower after escaping from the 20th floor and are currently recovering in hospital.
Their parents, Farah Hamdan and Omar Belkadi, and their baby sister, Leena Belkadi, six months, are still missing.
Distraught relatives had been searching hospitals and appealing for help on social media as their fears grew.
Ousama Itani, a resident who is attempting to reunite families, said that the sisters had been recently found in a hospital.
He told Sky News:
These two girls here were unaccounted for and were recently just accounted for in a hospital but we’re still looking for their parents and a small baby in their family as well.
The little girls were found near the top of the building so we’re very happy they were actually rescued.
The sisters were in the family’s flat when the fire broke out just before 1am yesterday.
The 24-storey tower in Kensington, west London, went up in flames at an alarming rate as the fire claimed the lives of at least 17 people.
According to reports this number is expected to rise as firefighters continue to search the building where there are still unknown numbers of people inside.
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If you want to help those who have lost their home and belongings, a number of JustGiving pages have been set up to raise money for those affected by the tragedy.
Anyone concerned about a missing family member of friend is advised by police to call the Casualty Bureau on 0800 0961 233.
Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.