London fire: Couple’s final phone calls from Grenfell
Trapped and facing death in their 23rd floor flat, Gloria Trevisan and Marco Gottardi made heart-rending final phone calls to their families in Italy.
In their last moments, the devoted couple told their parents they wanted to say goodbye, with Miss Trevisan telling her mother: ‘Thank you for what you have done for me.’
Her fiancé Mr Gottardi tried bravely to play down his fears but the couple eventually admitted smoke was rising around them and they could see the flames coming up the stairs.
His father Giannino told Italian newspaper Il Mattino di Padova: ‘In the first call Marco told us not to worry, that everything was under control, that basically we must not worry’
This is thought to be the last picture taken of the couple with a friend – a snap which was uploaded to Gloria Trevisan’s Instagram
Gloria Trevisan uploaded this picture on April 10 with the caption ‘Goodnight London’ and is thought to have been taken from their 23rd-floor flat
Trapped and facing death in their 23rd floor flat, Gloria Trevisan and Marco Gottardi made heart-rending final phone calls to their families in Italy
Miss Trevisan, 27, called her parents as the fire engulfed the doomed tower block and told her mother (pictured): ‘Thank you for what you have done for me’
Miss Trevisan, 27, posted numerous photographs of the urban vista on her Instagram account, including a rainbow stretched across the city on June 6
Their final, unimaginably emotional conversations left their parents with no hope they would survive the blaze, a lawyer for their families said.
The couple, both architecture graduates, moved to London three months ago to look for work and were captivated by the views over the capital they enjoyed from their 23rd floor flat.
Miss Trevisan, 27, who completed her master’s degree in architecture at Venice University last year, posted numerous photographs of the urban vista on her Instagram account, including a rainbow stretched across the city on June 6, with the one-word description: ‘Spettacolo [spectacular].’
Just one week later their joy at their new home turned to terror.
Mr Gottardi, also 27, called his family at 3.45am and again just after 4am.
His father Giannino told Italian newspaper Il Mattino di Padova: ‘In the first call Marco told us not to worry, that everything was under control, that basically we must not worry.
‘He was trying to minimise what happened, probably not to unsettle us.
‘But in the second call – and I can’t get this out of my head – he said there was smoke, that so much smoke was rising.’
On May 22, Gloria Trevisan (centre) posted this picture on her Instagram account with the caption ‘Beautiful as the sun. Thank you guys’. In the photograph which is taken near a lake is her partner Marco Gottardi (right) and two friends (left)
Miss Trevisan, 27, completed her master’s degree in architecture at Venice University last year before moving to London
Marco Gottardi is pictured left here with friends at Latimer Road station, which is merely yards away from Grenfell Tower
Marco Gottari and his partner Gloria Trevisan pictured together left behind a cake that reads ‘Congratulations Gloria’, who is pictured right
Miss Trevani, a keep photographer, took this photo of the capital’s skyline. The Shard can be seen in the distance as well as the London Eye
The well-travelled 27-year-old Italian is pictured here in Croatia on the left and in Barcelona on the right before heading out for the night
Miss Trevisan, pictured sunbathing by a swimming pool, called her parents at 3am, saying a fire had broken out and they were waiting for help
The grieving father added: ‘We were on the phone until the last moment … At 4.07am he told us their apartment was flooded with smoke and that the situation had become an emergency.
‘The communications broke down and from that moment on we no longer had any contact. The phone didn’t pick up again.’
Miss Trevisan called her parents at 3am, saying a fire had broken out and they were waiting for help.
Her father Loris said: ‘They wanted to go down but said they could see flames going up the stairs and the smoke was more and more intense.’
Seconds later the phone line cut out and Mr Trevisan said he had made ‘hundreds’ of unsuccessful attempts to contact his daughter since then.
The family’s lawyer Maria Cristina Sandrin said: ‘I’ve heard the recording of Gloria talking to her mother and there is no hope to find them alive.
‘She said goodbye. She said, ‘Thank you mother for what you have done for me’.’
The lawyer said the families wanted to bring the couple’s remains home to Italy, but added: ‘We don’t know in what condition we will find the bodies, if we will find the bodies.’
Local residents and mourners held a vigil at the site of the Grenfell blase yesterday
The family’s lawyer Maria Cristina Sandrin said: ‘I’ve heard the recording of Gloria talking to her mother and there is no hope to find them alive.’ Pictured, the shell of the building
Boy, five, ‘was lost in the thick black smoke’ as he tried to escape tower inferno with his heartbroken mother as first victim is confirmed as Syrian refugee, 23, who came to London ‘for a better life’
A five-year-old boy was lost in the thick black smoke of the the Grenfell Tower inferno as he desperately tried to escape his family’s 18th floor flat with relatives, his heartbroken mother revealed today.
Isaac Shawo, five, was holding the hand of a neighbour but disappeared as his parents and brother Luca, three, stumbled down a fire escape. The horrifying story was revealed as the first victim of the blaze was confirmed.
Syrian refugee Mohammad Alhajali, 23, who came to Britain for a better life, was today named as having died in the blaze after he and his brother became separated as they scrambled to escape the blaze.
Engineering student Mr Alhajali, who fled his war-torn home of Daraa three years ago, was confirmed by family and friends today as having died in yesterday’s fire in West London which killed at least 17 people.
But his older brother Omar, a 25-year-old business student, survived the blaze and is now in a stable condition, recovering in hospital. His family were earlier said to have been ‘worried sick’ about the two siblings.
Co-founder of the Syria Solidarity Campaign, Abdulaziz Almashi, also confirmed the news, saying he had met Mr Alhajali whilst working for the organisation which promotes freedom, peace and democracy in Syria.
Mr Almashi said: ‘He was kind, charitable and full of passion for his family. I can’t believe he’s not here.’ Mr Alhajali studied civil engineering at the University of West London and wanted to one day return to Syria to help.
Their mother Heyam is still in Damascus with their father and two sons and is desperate to see her son before he is buried. She is nervous, however, about visa restrictions.
Isaac Shawo, pictured with his mother Genet, was lost in thick black smoke as his family tried to flee their 18th floor flat
Student Mohammad Alhajali (left), 23, fled his war-torn home of Daraa three years ago with his brother Omar (right), 25
Mohammad Alhajali (pictured left and right) was confirmed by family and friends today as having died in yesterday’s fire
Isaac Shawo: Boy told his mother he ‘didn’t want to die’ on 18th floor
Isaac Shawo has been missing since the blaze broke out
A boy told his mother he ‘didn’t want to die’ just moments before they were separated as they fled the inferno.
Terrified Isaac Shawo, five, was lost in thick black smoke as his family tried to flee their 18th floor flat. He was holding the hand of a neighbour but disappeared as his parents and brother Luca, three, stumbled down a fire escape.
Choking back tears, his mother Genet Shawo said: ‘I will not fear the worse, I am still hoping and praying for him. He is a beautiful boy. He told us during the fire that he didn’t want us to die.
‘My neighbour said he would hold him and bring him down. But when I got outside I realised Isaac wasn’t there. I have been to all the emergency centres, all the hospitals and there is no news of him. I just want help, anyone who has any information can they please come forward.’
The family have heard no news of the fate of Isaac, who attended the nearby Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School.
Describing how their escape, Mrs Shawo, who is originally from Ethiopia, told London’s Evening Standard that they were beaten back by heat and smoke.
She and her husband Paulos Petakle, a taxi driver, used wet towels to try and protect their children.
‘We opened the door and there was thick smoke which came into our home. You couldn’t see anything it was so dark. The fire was so hot,’ she said.
‘I was helping my neighbour to put towels on his children, and started helping them down. I had put a wet towel already on Isaac.
‘My neighbour said he had lost hold of him inside and couldn’t find him. It was so dark, you couldn’t see anything in the smoke. I am praying he managed to get out somehow or someone else saved him.’
Farah and Omar Hamdan and their baby: Youngest missing tower resident
Farah Hamdan and her six-month-old baby are among the missing, along with Ms Hamdan’s husband Omar Belkadi
A six-month-old baby is feared to be the youngest victim of the Grenfell Tower fire.
Mother Farah Hamdan, her young baby daughter and her husband Omar Belkadi have not been seen since the blaze ripped through the west London block on Tuesday night.
The couple’s two older children – 10-year-old Malek Belkadi and Tamzin Belkadi, six – were however located in hospital. Tragically, Malek later died in hospital.
Ms Hamdan’s cousin Adel Chaoui has complained about the lack of help the family have received from authorities.
Mr Chaoui said they were given almost no information about where the two children who have been found were, until a health worker at one hospital they went to took pity on them.
He told the Telegraph: ‘The hospitals had no idea who these children were- they didn’t even realise they were related’.
He added: ‘The police are following protocol they have in place during terrorist incidents. There needs to be separate protocol for civil disasters. That’s what’s going wrong here.’
Ms Hamdan, Mr Belkadi and their six-month-old daughter are still unaccounted for, according to Farah’s father, Rkia. ‘We’ve been to all the hospitals and we’ve been searching all day but we still haven’t found them, we just want to know they are safe,’ he told The Sun. ‘We have had no help from the police, we understand that they’re busy but they’ve got casualties in the hospitals.’
Ms Hamdan’s cousin Adel Chaoui has complained about the lack of help the family have received from authorities. Pictured, Tamzin Belkadi (left) and sister Malek (right)
Mother Farah Hamdan (right), her young baby daughter and her husband Omar Belkadi (left) have not been seen since the fire
Mierna, Fatima, Zaynab, Nadia, Bassem & Sirra Choucair: Missing from top floor
Nadia Choucair, her husband and three children are missing
Three young girls – named as sisters Mierna, 13, Fatima, three, and Zaynab Choucair, ten – and their parents Nadia, 29, and Bassem, 38, are missing as their relatives desperately search hospitals for them.
Teaching assistant Nadia’s sister Sawsan Choucair went on Good Morning Britain today to explain how they are all missing, along with her mother Sirra.
In an emotional interview, she told the ITV show: ‘(I spoke to them) in the morning as soon as I knew what happened at about 3am this morning, even before I got there as well I spoke to them.
‘They were screaming, shouting, all I could hear in the background, and they were just quite screaming, and I was shouting – two of them, shouting, get out, try and find an exit or something.
‘My sister spoke to a friend, I don’t know if exactly, but this friend contacted me, she said they’re all safe, but I haven’t heard anything, nothing at all. They could be in hospital, I don’t know exactly, they could be anywhere.
‘Everyone’s doing their bit, their duty and everything, but I still don’t know anything. I’ve given my name, my number, everything, just to know. I pray for everyone, I hope everyone’s safe.’
Three young sisters Mierna, 13, Fatima, three, and Zaynab Choucair, ten, are all missing following the fire at Grenfell Tower
Rania Ibrham: No contact after filming harrowing video from 23rd floor
A mother trapped on the 24th floor of the Grenfell tower recorded a harrowing Facebook live video as she and her two young children desperately tried to escape.
Rania Ibrham, 30, was in her flat when the raging fire engulfed the housing block in London in the early hours. In the distressing clip, she can be heard screaming for help as she tries to find a way out of the burning building.
Her grief stricken friends told MailOnline they were still anxiously waiting for news on Ms Ibrham and her children, aged three and five, who have not been seen since her phone cut out.
Ms Ibrham’s friend Suhair Sharif, 55, who lives in Edgware Road, rushed to the scene following the disaster. She told MailOnline: ‘Rania lived with her husband and children on the 24th floor.
‘Her husband was in Egypt but he flew back as soon as he heard the news. Rania made it down to the floor below to my other friend’s flat, but Rania, her two children and my friends on the 23rd floor are all still missing.
‘In the video we just heard her saying ‘oh my god’, but she carried on filming despite the fire. We have not heard from her since the video ended.’
Mrs Sharif added: ‘We didn’t see any casualties coming out, it is as if they just left them in there to die. One man was told to stay in his flat by police but he refused and escaped with his wife and children.’
Ms Ibrham also sent a heartbreaking Snapchat message to another friend at 2.45am in which she said in Arabic, ‘forgive me everyone, goodbye’. In the video Ms Ibrham, who is from Sudan, screams ‘Hello, hello, come here’ as she ignores the advice of a friend and family members to keep her door closed.
Residents are seen rushing through her door as they try to shelter from the smoke and flames of the inferno.
A friend of a mother who lives in the tower block said she still heard from her after receiving a video of the blaze at 3am. Rania Ibrham (left), 30, sent her friend Maseen (right) the clip just moments after the blaze started
Anthony Disson: Lost contact at 3am from the 10th floor
Known as Tony, the 66-year-old is reported to have last been in contact with his family at around 3am while he was inside the building – and said: ‘Tell my sons I love them.’
Lee Disson, Tony’s son, posted an appeal for information on Facebook and said he was ‘still praying for him’.
The appeal read: ‘If anyone has seen my Dad, Tony Disson could they let us know. My heart goes out to all the people at Grenfell Tower.’
Lee, 47, confirmed that his father was still missing. He is reported to have lived on the 10th floor and his wife Cordelia, Lee and three other sons have been searching for him in hospitals.
Lee told the Mirror: ‘People called my dad and said, ‘Put a blanket over your head and get out’.He said he couldn’t as he was trapped and the floor was too hot. A friend rang at 4am and one of the last things he said was, ‘Tell my sons I love them’.’
Tony Disson, 66, (left) was last in contact with his family at 3am and still inside the building. His wife Cordelia and three sons have been searching hospitals all day but have been unable to find him. Steve Power (right) is also thought to be missing
El-Wahabi family: Couple and three children who lived on 21st floor
Abdul Aziz el-Wahabi, 52, his wife Faouzia el-Wahabi, 42, and their three children, Yasin, 21, Nur Huda, 15, and Mehdi, eight, are all now believed to have died.
Otman Boujettif, 42, a cousin, told the London Evening Standard: ‘An entire family’s been wiped out. We spoke to them at about 1.30am but they’d been told by the fire brigade to stay in their flat, put towels down, wet the floors and wait. But they followed the wrong advice and now they are gone. It’s devastating.’
The family all lived on the 21st floor of the tower, according to Mr Wahabi’s sister. Hanan Wahabi told reporters: ‘I rang him and the fire had not reached the top of the block at that point. He said he had been told to stay inside, stay in one room together and put towels under the door.
‘I told him to leave. He said he was going to come. Then I called him and he said there was too much smoke. The last time I saw him they were waving out the window. The last time I spoke to his wife, he was on the phone to the fire brigade.’
Also unaccounted for is teenager Nurhuda El-Wahabi (left), as well as her older brother Yasin (right), aged 21, both of whom are understood to have been inside the tower block when the fire broke out
The family all lived on the 21st floor of the tower, according to Mr Wahabi’s sister. Pictured, 21-year-old Yasin
Khadija Khalloufi: Feared dead in fire after husband lost his grip on 17th floor
Sabah Abdullah, 72, and his wife Khadija Khalloufi, 52, who is still missing
A retired lecturer has told of his horror of losing his wife in the London fire after he lost his grip on her hand in the stampede as they tried to escape.
Sabah Abdullah, 72, was leading his wife, Khadija Khalloufi, 52, through the smoke-filled stairwell as they fled their flat on the 17th floor. She remains missing.
‘I feel lost. I don’t know what’s going on. I just want my wife back,’ he told MailOnline.
When the fire started, both left their flat in pyjamas and dressing-gowns, having been asleep when the block filled with smoke. Speaking exclusively to MailOnline, he said: ‘I said to my wife, put a part of your robe over your nose so you can at least filter it, and I pulled her from the flat.
‘I pulled her from the 17th floor and it was very awkward. People were pushing and forcing you to move because each one was running for his life. It was a stampede, with killer smoke. I could see only half a metre in front of me. The noise was indescribable.
‘Not only were people screaming, you could feel that every one of them was very nervous and afraid, scared, wondering what’s going on. Nobody was expecting this. We were all coughing terribly in the black smoke. There was a mixture of people, mainly adults but some children. I thought, OK, my wife is behind me. All I need to do is keep my hand in her hand and the other hand over my nose.
‘But how could I keep my balance? They kept pushing me left and right, how could I balance? I found myself letting go of her hand and putting my hand on the rail. I thought she was safe behind me. I couldn’t keep hold of her hand and keep my balance,’ he added. ‘I had to let go. I can’t say exactly what happened next because I couldn’t see anything. I never had a head at that time. It was crazy.’
Mr Abdullah was leading his wife, Khadija Khalloufi (pictured) through the smoke-filled stairwell as they fled their flat
When he got to the 15th floor, Mr Abdullah realised his wife was missing. Concluding that she must be making her own way down, he followed the crowd down through the building.
When Mr Abdullah got out of the building, he was shocked to see that his wife Mrs Khalloufi was nowhere to be seen
‘Thereafter, I didn’t care. I thought she was downstairs,’ he said. ‘I was pushing other people, doing exactly the same thing as them. I felt like I was behaving like an animal, but everybody was the same. Everybody was panicking. When people fell on the floor, we pulled them up and carried on.’
When he got out of the building, he was shocked to see that his wife was nowhere to be seen.
‘A police officer told me to get out of the way. I told him my wife was missing, and he pushed me. It was not a graceful push. I fell over, cutting my feet.’
The rest of the night, he said, was a blur. ‘I don’t know if it’s today or yesterday. I can’t concentrate on anything,’ he said. It’s not easy, I can’t sleep last night. But when it got to five, automatically I slept.’
Mr Abdullah described his wife as ‘wonderful and generous’. They met when she attended one of his lectures in business studies at Kensington and Chelsea Colleges 28 years ago, he added.
‘We were married for 28 years, wonderful, wonderful years,’ he told MailOnline. ‘We have two stepchildren.’
A friend of the family said: ‘When you look at Khadija, she’s full of life with a big heart. She is such a humble person, very welcoming. She opens her home to you, when you go to their house, she can’t stop feeding you.
‘She is a very generous person, very pure. She supports a lot of people in their lives. She cares for neighbours and everyone and loves her husband and stepchildren very much.’
Mr Abdullah described his wife as ‘wonderful and generous’. They met when she attended one of his lectures in business studies at Kensington and Chelsea Colleges 28 years ago, he added
Rohima, Maryam, Hafizah & Muhammad Begum-Ali: Family’s location unknown
Hasina Begum said she believes her sister was living in the building with her three children after recently moving to the area of West London from Birmingham.
She has not heard from Rohima Begum-Ali, 31, who had three children called Maryam, six, Hafizah, five, and Muhammad, three. She had not yet told relatives her new address.
Ms Begum told the Telegraph: ‘We used to live here when we were kids. She always wanted to move back to this area.I had this gut feeling last night, I felt that one of my own was in that building. My cousin thinks she was living there, she said she saw her there recently.’
Rohima Begum-Ali, 31, recently moved to the area of West London from Birmingham, according to her sister
Rohima Begum-Ali has three children called Maryam, six, Hafizah, five, and Muhammad, three
Ligaya Moore: Embassy appears for details on ‘admirable woman’
The Embassy of the Philippines in London has appealed for information about Ligaya Moore, 79, who lived in Grenfell Tower. Ms Moore’s grandson, Nico Purificacion, called her ‘an admirable woman’.
‘Our family loves her so much,’ he told the Press Association. ‘She’s very fun to be with despite her age. So innocent yet very straightforward. She’s been in London for a very long time, she visits us here in the Philippines once in a while.’
The Embassy of the Philippines in London has appealed for information about Ligaya Moore, 79, who lived in Grenfell Tower
Firdaws, Yahya, Yaqub, Noura and Hashim Jemal: Family stuck on 23rd floor
Three children who are believed to have died in the Grenfell Tower fire were ‘lively, intelligent and articulate’, a family friend said today.
Firdaws, 12, Yahya, 13, and Yaqub, six, have been missing since the devastating fire yesterday. It is believed they were with their parents, Noura and Hashim Jemal, inside their 19th floor apartment on the 23rd storey of the tower block.
Siblings Firdaws and Yahya regularly attended Solidarity Sports, a local youth charity which organises activities including football and climbing.
Sean Mendez, 36, who runs Solidarity Sports, said: ‘I have known the children and the family for more than four years, both kids really enjoyed football and were both really intelligent and articulate. Firdaws was really good at art, she was very sensible and a responsible girl. Yahya was very endearing and had a good sense of humour, they were all very smiley children.
‘I last saw Yahya during Easter and he came to play football. I saw Noura lots at the pick up and drop off times, she was a very sweet and kind lady and always very grateful for us looking after her children. She went out of her way to thank us and that was very rewarding to get her support.’
Mr Mendez added: ‘As far as I know the whole family of five are missing, I have heard of a lot of children who come here who were caught up in the fire.But it is really good to see the whole community pulling together.
‘Yaqub was the liveliest of the three kids, he was a bit too young so he didn’t come to our projects but he would come with Noura to pick up the other two. He was very lively and smiley.’
Siblings Firdaws and Yahya regularly attended Solidarity Sports, a local youth charity which organises activities including football and climbing
Firdaws, 12, Yahya, 13, and Yaqub, six, have been missing since the devastating fire yesterday. It is believed they were with their parents, Noura and Hashim Jemal, inside their 19th floor apartment
Dennis Murphy: Uncle trapped on 14th floor
Stevan Racz shared a post seeking information about his uncle, 56, whom he said had called while trapped on the 14th floor of the building.
‘We haven’t heard anything since. Can anyone with any information contact me please,’ he said. One commenter on another post seeking Mr Murphy wrote: ‘I’ve been around asking everyone, going to the centres, no one’s seen him.’
Stevan Racz shared a post seeking information about his uncle Dennis Murphy, whom he said had called while trapped on the 14th floor. ‘We haven’t heard anything since. Can anyone with any information contact me please,’ he said. One commenter on another post seeking Mr Murphy wrote: ‘I’ve been around asking everyone, going to the centres, no one’s seen him.’
Jessica Urbano: Schoolgirl, 12, from 20th floor who phoned from a fire escape
Twelve-year-old Jessica Urbano is still missing following the fire at the block.
Ana Ospina posted an image of the young girl, said to be about 5ft tall, on Facebook, saying: ‘Please continue to share the photo of my niece who has not yet found her. I know there are people who say they already found her, but the reality is that there has been no news of her.’
Mrs Ospina said the young girl lived on the 20th floor, adding: ‘She last spoke to her mum when she borrowed a phone and told her she was on the stairs with other people.
‘We than have had unconfirmed reports/sightings of her outside of the flats and also being put into an ambulance, but we have checked hospitals and no news.’
Jessica’s cousin Jason Garcia, 23, who works in marketing, said he was out for almost 24 hours from 2am on Wednesday searching hospitals and community centres for any trace of her.
He is now wearing a picture of her on his t-shirt to continue to get the message out. He said: ‘We’ve had no news; there have been some reported sightings but nothing has come of them.
‘A building should not go up in flames that quickly. I don’t know what happened with the fire alarms, but the fire should not have spread so quickly.
‘All we can do now is continue to check, double check, triple check everything, put up posters everywhere, get her picture out there and hope for good news.’
Natalie Garcia tweeted to say her 12-year-old cousin little cousin Jessica Urbano (above) was missing after trying to escape
Jessica is pictured with her parents Ramiro and Adriana. Jessica’s parents last heard from her at 1.39am when she phoned from a fire escape in the flats
Hackim Bakkal, 21, a cousin of missing 12-year-old Jessica Urbano said he was being passed around in a circle by the authorities who are unable to answer his questions.
He said: ‘Police are sending you to the crisis bureau and they send you to the hospitals and then back to the police.
‘The crisis bureau have answers but they are refusing to give them.
‘They just say “I cannot give you that information, sit tight and we will call you.”
‘Jessica could be unconscious, dead or alive we do not know, but I am going to keep pestering them until they give me what I want.
‘Yesterday Jessica’s family searched every hospital in the area and they did the same thing this morning and they haven’t got any answers.
‘The crisis bureau are sending everyone in circles, I don’t know if it is to buy more time?
‘We are very hopeful, I think that Jessica is unconscious some where. We just want to find her.’
Friends of missing Jessica Urbano, 12, wearing photographs of Jessica pinned to their t-shirts
Hackim Bakkal, 21, a cousin of missing 12-year-old Jessica Urbano said he was being passed around in a circle by the authorities who are unable to answer his questions
Bakkal said: ‘Police are sending you to the crisis bureau and they send you to the hospitals and then back to the police’
Jessica’s cousin Jason Garcia, 23, who works in marketing, said he was out for almost 24 hours from 2am on Wednesday searching hospitals and community centres for any trace of her
Briket Haftom and her son Buroke
Berkti Haftom, 30, and her 12-year-old son Biruk live on the 18th floor of the high-rise and have not been seen since the blaze broke out.
Relatives are urgently trying to find them and have gathered in nearby St Clement’s Church to wait for any news.
Arsiema Alula said: ‘There’s no information from anyone who has seen them.
‘We’ve tried the emergency number but they wouldn’t give out any information. We tried all the hospitals, all six, but there was nothing.
‘Someone posted on social media that they had seen Biruk – it’s really confusing. We need information from the critical casualties.’
Two more of the missing have been identified as Briket Haftom and her son Buroke Haftom
Mariem Elgwahry: Resident on 19th floor ‘missing with her mother’
Emma Evans shared an appeal to find long-time friend Mariem Elgwahry, who lived on the 19th floor of the tower block and was said to be missing with her mother.
Ms Evans said that Ms Elgwahry had last been heard from when she spoke to another friend in the tower block – who was since confirmed safe – at around 2.30am.
She added that she had been to a number of rescue centres in the area ‘with no luck yet’.
Mariem Elgwahry (pictured) has not been seen by friends since 2am yesterday morning. A friend called Emma Evans said on Facebook that Mariem was on the 19th floor
Khadija Saye: Artist and friend of Labour MP from 20th floor
Artist Khadija Saye, 24, who is currently showing her artwork in the Venice Biennale, was in her flat on the 20th floor, with her mother Mary Mendy, who is thought to be in her 50s.
Her friend, artist Nicola Green, said: ‘We’re desperately trying to communicate with all the hospitals.
‘We’re told some people have been rescued up to the 19th and 20th floor. She was on the 20th floor. Nobody has any information at this point.’
Ms Green said that Ms Saye was last heard from at 3am when she was direct messaging from her flat, as her phone was not working.
Ms Green’s husband, Labour MP David Lammy, also put out a plea to find Ms Saye, tweeting: ‘If you have any information about Khadija Saye pls contact me. She is our dear friend, a beautiful soul and emerging artist.’
Khadija Saye, who lives on the 20th floor of Grenfell Tower in west London is also among those who are currently missing. Friends said that she was recognisable by the Africa pendant she always wears around her neck
Ali Yawar Jafari: Resident on 10th floor lost contact with his relatives
Ali Yawar Jafari, 82, is thought to be among those missing. His son, Hamid Ali Jafari, said his father had lost contact with his mother and sister, who lived with him in Grenfell Tower, on the 10th floor.
The younger Mr Jafari said he had been to several rescue centres throughout the day since first reporting his father missing on Twitter just before 8am. Asked if he had any news since then, he said: ‘No.’
According to the Telegraph, Mr Jafari said: ‘He was with my mother and sister in the lift and she said the lift stopped on the tenth floor and he said there was too much smoke and he couldn’t breathe and he got out of the lift and then the doors shut and it didn’t stop again till the ground floor.’
Hamid Ali Jafari tweeted asking for any information on his missing father Ali Yawar (pictured), who he says he was separated from on the 12th floor
Saber Neda: Fire ripped through father’s top-floor flat
Saber Neda, an Afghan migrant minicab driver, is feared dead after the fire ripped his top-floor flat. While his wife Shakila, 45, and son Farhad, 24, fled the blaze, Saber’s family say he stayed behind because he was injured.
The 57-year-old was last heard from at 2.20am when he made a frantic phone call to a relative to say that the building was burning and that there was ‘no help’.
Saber, whose birth name is Mohamed, is understood to have parted with Shakila and university graduate Farhad at 3.30am but has not been seen since.
The father-of-one’s nephew Reshad Habib, who lives in the Netherlands, said: ‘We are all trying to find him. He was last heard from at 3.30am when he told his wife and son to leave him. He said that they had to get out. He said they should go and he would follow.
‘We all don’t know the exact reason why he waited behind, but we think he was injured or something. They were both taken to hospital. We don’t know how they are. We haven’t heard anything from my uncle since. They had been living for 20 years in that flat and they lived on the very top floor of the building.
‘We got a call when the fire started. He said there was a big fire at the flat and that there was no help at the moment. That was at 2.20am. His wife and child are OK. I have talked briefly to his son. My auntie and him are in different hospitals from each other in a stable condition. We just hope that they will find him.
Saber Neda who lived in a top-floor flat, is feared dead after the fire ripped through the 27-storey building. While his wife Shakila, 45, and son Farhad, 24, fled the blaze, Saber’s family say he stayed behind because he was injured
Mohamednur Tuccu: Missing along with his wife and daughter from 19th floor
Mr Tuccu is missing along with his wife Amalahmedin and his three-year-old daughter Amayah after visiting relatives in Grenfell Tower, his employer said.
Mr Tuccu’s manager, chief executive of Red Consultancy Mike Morgan, told Sky News: ‘Mo is a part of the family. He will have been with us for 10 years next month and is due to be awarded his decade milestone. We all just want to hear that he is OK.’
Like many Muslim families, the Tuccus were breaking their Ramadan fast when the fire broke out.
The British national, whose family are from Eritrea, has not been heard from since the blaze.
Breaking fast: Amayah Tuccu, three, with mother Amalahmedin. Like many Muslim families, the Tuccus were breaking their Ramadan fast when the fire broke out
The firm Red Consultancy tweeted to appeal for news on their staff member Mo Tuccu, pictured
Zainab and Jeremiah Dean: Told to stay in their 14th floor flat
Francis Dean said his sister Zainab told been told by firefighter to remain in her flat on the 14th floor along with her son Jeremiah, 2.
He told The Telegraph: ‘My sister called me to say there was a fire in the tower. I told her to leave by the stairs but she said she had been told to stay inside her flat. That was in the early hours of today and I’ve not heard from her since. I fear the worst.’
Mr Dean said that a firefighter used his phone to speak to his sister. ‘He told her to keep calm and that they were coming to get her,’ he said. ‘He kept saying that to her again and again.
‘But then he handed me the phone and said to me ‘Tell her you love her’. I knew then to fear the worst. The phone went dead and I couldn’t talk to her.’
Two-year-old Jeremiah was in the 14th floor flat with his mother Zainab Dean and both are still missing
Francis Dean said his sister Zainab (left) told been told by firefighter to remain in her flat on the 14th floor along with her son Jeremiah, 2
Hesham Rahman: No news from 20th floor resident since fire began
Noha Baghdady shared a picture of her brother Hesham Rahman, 57, across a number of platforms, saying he lived on the 20th floor of the tower block and had not heard any news since the fire broke out.
She said her nephews were ‘currently searching hospitals’ and added: ‘I’m feeling so helpless all we can do is pray he is safe and well.’
According to Sky News, Mr Rahman’s last contact with his family was at around 3am when he told them he could smell smoke.
It was also reported that Mr Rahman has diabetes, making it difficult for him to walk down stairs.
One woman took to social media to appeal for help finding her brother, Hesham Rahman, who lived on the 20th floor
Fathaya Alsanousi: Elderly woman stuck with her children on the 23rd floor
Fathaya Alsanousi, who is in her 70s, was stuck in her 23rd floor flat with her son Abu Feras, 38, and daughter Esra Ibrahim, 35. All three are still missing.
Fathaya Alsanousi (pictured) was stuck in her 23rd floor flat with her son Abu Feras, 38, and daughter Esra Ibrahim, 35. All three are still missing
Sheila Smith: Oldest missing person, from 16th floor
Sheila Smith, 84, is the oldest of those to be declared missing so far. Her son Adam, who describes himself as a tech entrepreneur, launched an appeal on Twitter, writing ‘my Mum is missing – Sheila, 84 years old, 16th floor Grenfell Tower.’
Sheila Smith, 84, is the oldest of those to be declared missing so far. She lived on the 16th floor of the block
Hamid Kani: Iranian man who lived on the 15th floor
The 61-year-old Iranian lived on the 15th floor of the tower block.
Iranian Hamid Kani, 61, lived on the 15th floor of the tower block and has been reported missing by relatives
Bangladeshi family of five: Relatives fled the 17th floor
The friends of a family of five who lived on the 17th floor of Grenfell Tower are appealing for any reports of their whereabouts.
Bangladeshi newspaper the Dhaka Tribune named the family as Komru Miah, 82, his wife Razia Begum, 65, and their children, Abdul Hanif, 29, Abdul Hamid, 26, and Hosna Begum Tanima, 22, citing a local official.
A family friend said: ‘We are all just waiting and praying for some good news.’
Hosna, who works at Carphone Warehouse, was due to get married next month.
Hosna Begum (pictured, in headscarf), who works at Carphone Warehouse, was due to get married next month. Pictured far right, Komru Miah, 82
Bangladeshi newspaper the Dhaka Tribune named the family as Komru Miah, 82, his wife Razia Begum, 65, and their children, Abdul Hanif, 29, Abdul Hamid, 26, and Hosna Begum Tanima, 22, citing a local official
Grandmother Marjorie Vital and her son Ernie Vital who lived on the 16th floor
Two further people were identified as grandmother Marjorie Vital, 67, and her son Ernie Vital, 43. A relative said on Facebook: ‘We’re looking for my uncle and my grandmother, Ernie Vital and Marjorie Vital.
‘They live in Grenfell Tower on the 16th floor. If anyone can help or knows anything please call.’
Another relative said: ‘We’ve been desperately searching in all the hospitals but we still haven’t found them.’
Another of the missing was today identified as Marjorie Vital. A relative said on Facebook: ‘We’re looking for my uncle and my grandmother, Ernie Vital and Marjorie Vital’
A relative of Ernie Vital said: ‘They live in Grenfell Tower on the 16th floor. If anyone can help or knows anything please call’
Candice Bowen wrote on Facebook: ‘Has anyone seen Stefan Anthony-Mills?! He’s a friend of mine and hasn’t been heard from since the Grenfell tower fire.
‘I’ve had a few of his close friends message me and ask of his wearabouts… please please share and get this seen in as many places as possible as I’m sure his family are extremely worried.’
Candice Bowen wrote on Facebook: ‘Has anyone seen Stefan Anthony-Mills?! He’s a friend of mine and hasn’t been heard from since the Grenfell tower fire’
Amal and her daughter
Another tragic poster showed a mother, Amal, and daughter among the missing.
Another tragic poster showed a mother, Amal, and daughter among the missing
Raymond ‘Moses’ Bernard who lived on the 21st floor
A family friend confirmed that 65-year-old Raymond Bernard, known to friends as Moses, remained missing after the fire.
Esther Bonsu wrote on Facebook: ‘My friends uncle Raymond ‘Moses’ Bernard is missing!!! He lived on the 21st Floor at Grenfell Tower… Alerts have been sent to the police, missing persons bureau and hospitals, unfortunately we still can’t find him.’
A family friend confirmed that 65-year-old Raymond Bernard, known to friends as Moses, remained missing after the fire
Maria Del Pilar
Maria Del Pilar Burton, 65, and her husband Nicholas were caught in the blazing fire.
Nicholas woke in hospital yesterday not knowing where his wife was and has appealed for help to trace her.
Simon, a resident who helped the pensioner outside the burning building, said: ‘We were helping downstairs in the building to get people out.
‘Nicholas does not know where Maria is and she has Alzheimer’s, but we know she got out. He’s desperate to find her.’
Maria Del Pilar Burton, 65, and her husband Nicholas were caught in the blazing fire
Sakineh Afraseiabi and Fatima Afraseiabi who were living on the 18th floor
A concerned acquaintance wrote on Facebook: ‘Friend from my work hasn’t heard anything from her mum and aunty pictured below who both lived in Grenfell Tower.
‘The names are Sakineh Afraseiabi and Fatima Afraseiabi. Please any help would be appreciated.’
A concerned acquaintance wrote on Facebook: ‘Friend from my work hasn’t heard anything from her mum and aunty pictured below who both lived in Grenfell Tower. The names are Sakineh Afraseiabi, 65, (left) and Fatima Afraseiabi (right)
Furious residents even vented their anger on a memorial to the victims, aiming blasts at politicians with slogans including ‘Theresa May stay away’
Sabu Hussain, who helped decorate the memorial, said it should be made into a permanent mural so the victims of the blaze will never be forgotten
The memorial wall was also covered in posters showing the faces of missing people
Tottenham MP David Lammy appealed to followers on Twitter for any information on Khadija Saye. He wrote: ‘If you have any information about Khadija Saye pls contact me. She is our dear friend, a beautiful soul and emerging artist’
Moments after cheating death and escaping Grenfell Tower in Latimer Road, White City, relatives are now faced with the prospect of having to search for those who have gone missing during the ensuing chaos
Lee Disson posted a message on Facebook asking for anyone to provide information on his missing father Tony
A woman covered in ash is comforted by others as she looks on while the enormous fire rages through the night and into the morning
Fears are growing for thousands of families living in tower blocks around Britain after it was revealed the firm which supplied the panels at the centre of the west London inferno has also carried out similar work across the capital