Wednesday, 23 August, 2017

London Fire Dead: First Victim Of Grenfell Tower Named As Mohammad Alhajali

Theresa Hayes | 16 June, 2017, 04:56

A Syrian refugee who came to London in search of "a better life" has been named as the first victim of the Grenfell Tower fire.

She told The Times he was "an wonderful guy" who had come to the United Kingdom three years ago, with his brother Omar, "seeking a better, safer life".

Friend Abdulaziz Almashi told the Telegraph: "He survived Assad, the war in Syria, only to die in a tower block in London".

According to Almashi, Alhajali studied civil engineering at the University of West London so he could return to Syria one and help rebuild the country.

Mohammad Alhajali was separated from his brother Omar on the smoke-filled stairs as they tried to flee their 14th floor flat.

A young Syrian refugee has been identified as the first victim of the huge fire which gutted an apartment block in London earlier this week.

The group said Mr Alhajali at one point was on the phone with a friend in Syria after unsuccessfully trying to get hold of his family in the country.

"We are heartbroken for his family, who thought he had found safety in the United Kingdom", it said.

The charity made an appeal for the brothers yesterday, saying: "Please pray for our brothers Omar Alhajali and Mohammed Alhajali, two Syrian refugees".

Investigators said on Wednesday they do not want to speculate into the cause of the fire.

His brother Omar Alhajali was also caught up in the blaze but was found in hospital in a stable condition. "His story touched me personally because he had escaped death from Syria and came to the United Kingdom to find a new life".

"We in the United Kingdom are not prepared for major incidents". We need to know what happened, we need to know an explanation. "We're good at putting loads of rules and regulations and making people pay service charge and housing tax but we're not good at being practical and planning for the worst", the friend wrote.

The number of confirmed fatalities from Wednesday's inferno is now 17, British police have said.

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