Malaysian family opens doors to London fire victims

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KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysian family residing in London has opened its doors to those affected by the fire which engulfed Grenfell Tower in north Kensington, London.

A woman by the name of Rowena Abdul Razak extended the invitation on her Facebook page a few hours after the incident.

“Horrible news about the tower. If anyone has been affected, and if I can offer shelter, message me,” she wrote.

According to news reports, the 24-storey apartment block was razed by a fire, believed to have started shortly before 1am local time on Wednesday.

More than 250 firefighters battled to rescue the residents, with 100 policemen and 100 medics also present at the scene.

Police confirmed “a number of fatalities” while the London Ambulance Service said 50 people had been taken to five hospitals as of 8am (local time).

When contacted by Bernama, Rowena said she could accommodate up to three persons at her house near Marble Arch.

Asked how people could contact her, she said they could reach her through her Facebook account.

Rowena said she and her family were doing fine as the incident had not occurred within the vicinity of their home.

“About a 10-15 minute drive. Yeah not far… just that with traffic, it might appear far,” she said.

She added that a local mosque, the Noor Mosque, was also offering shelter with fellow Muslims there providing a helping hand to those affected.

During the previous attack on London bridge, Rowena had also provided shelter and announced the invitation through the same channel.

“For this incident (fire), sadly no one has approached me yet. However, during the previous London attack someone stayed with us,” she said.