Muslim residents in the Grenfell Tower saved lives as they were awake at the time of the huge blaze because of Ramadan.
They were among the first in the 24-storey building to alert other residents as it became engulfed in flames – the fire was first reported at about 1.15am on Wednesday.
The Metropolitan Police has said there are six people confirmed dead in the fire, but that it expects that number to rise.
A witness said that Muslim residents banged on the doors of neighbours and helped guide them to safety out of the tower.
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.’
Rashida added: ‘It’s a very diverse area, we have all nationalities, all religions.
‘You can walk around safely late at night… we all know each other.
“We all know each other, there is a very high population of Moroccans, and for some reason we all live close to each other. Literally everyone knows each other.”
Some residents who did escape said they weren’t woken up by the fire alarms in the building because they were too quiet.