The family whose home on the 27th floor of Trellick Tower was badly damaged by fire have spoken of their “terrifying” experience.
Mostapha Alfaki has praised neighbours and the community for rallying together and offering support following the blaze on Wednesday (April 19) night.
He lives at the flat with his mother Naeema Shakkak, who was at home when flames swept across the balcony on the iconic Grade II listed building.
Mr Alfaki, who was out at the time, also said he had been told by firefighters that the likely cause of the blaze was a cigarette flicked from a balcony.
The 25-year-old, a physiotherapist for the NHS, told getwestlondon : “My mother had her laundry outside on the balcony and it went ablaze.
“The kitchen and balcony are badly damaged. The kitchen is unrecognisable now.
"It’s all burnt down and there’s a lot of smoke damage.”
He recounted how his mum, who was at home, tried to put out the flames before being dragged from the property.
“My mum was with a friend and their two children, she ran into the kitchen but it was too late, the whole balcony was lit up,” he said.
“She told her friend to call 999 and get the kids out. She tried to put fire out herself with some water.
"Then a neighbour knocked down the door and took her out.”
London Fire Brigade, which was called to the building at around 9.20pm and had the blaze under control at 10.50pm, conducted a search of the building above the fire and concluded that there was little smoke damage to the building as a whole.
Kensington and Chelsea Council say 200 residents evacuated from the 31-storey building, designed by Ernő Goldfinger, were allowed back in their homes at 11.20pm.
Mr Alfaki and his mother were provided temporary accommodation by Kensington & Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (KCTMO), while those in an adjacent property stayed with relatives.
He added: “The fire was very rapid. It was fast and vicious.
“My mum is in tears. It’s a terrifying experience, but I can’t thank FCTMO and the fire brigade enough.
“This showed the community really cares.
"Everyone in the building offering us help and assistance and we’re really grateful for that.”
Alternative accommodation has been found, but he added: “We have a few difficult months ahead of us now.”
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