Owner of fire-ravaged flat near Grenfell tells how he fled blaze after alarms failed to go off’

The terrified owner of the 12th floor flat which erupted into flames after an e-bike set alight has told how he thought he was ‘going to die’ when he saw the blaze.

Liiban Shakat, 38, said his friend who had been staying for a few days was charging the electric vehicle in a back bedroom before the fire broke out in Shepherds Bush, West London, this morning.

He said that his friend found smoke coming from the charger and when he unplugged it the entire thing exploded, with the burning hot plastic setting fire to the carpet and curtains in the bathroom.

Worryingly the smoke alarm in his flat in Stebbing House failed to sound and the sprinkler system he said was put in earlier this year failed to activate.

Dramatic photos from the scene showed smoke billowing into the sky close to the burned out shell of Grenfell as the blaze took hold inside the home in Shepherds Bush, West London.

It comes days after the five year anniversary of the devastating Grenfell tragedy, as firefighter battle a second high-rise blaze in Newham where 60 people were forced to flee. 

Mr Shakat, who has lived in the for more than 20-years, told MailOnline: ‘I remember watching the Grenfell Tower burn down five years ago. I remember seeing the flames lighting up the sky.

‘Today, it brought all that horror back and I thought I was going to die.

Liiban Shakat, pictured, was terrified that he was going to die after spotting the fire when he woke up in his flat. His two friends had been staying in the property and tried to put the fire out which was caused by the e-bike

Inside of the 12th floor flat where an e-bike set on fire earlier this morning, leaving the residents inside terrified and suffering from smoke inhalation

Inside of the 12th floor flat where an e-bike set on fire earlier this morning, leaving the residents inside terrified and suffering from smoke inhalation

Mr Shakat claims that the sprinklers inside of his flat did not go off despite the blaze, and the fire alarms also failed to work. But the council claim that refurbishment had taken place at the property recently, and they believe the systems were functioning

Mr Shakat claims that the sprinklers inside of his flat did not go off despite the blaze, and the fire alarms also failed to work. But the council claim that refurbishment had taken place at the property recently, and they believe the systems were functioning  

A second flat fire at a high rise has broken out today in Newham, with a flat on the 13th and 14th floors becoming englufed in flames. Around 100 firefighters and 15 fire engines have rushed to the scene in Newham where 60 people fled the scene

A second flat fire at a high rise has broken out today in Newham, with a flat on the 13th and 14th floors becoming englufed in flames. Around 100 firefighters and 15 fire engines have rushed to the scene in Newham where 60 people fled the scene 

‘My friend woke me just after 9am and because I was still tired I couldn’t tell what he was saying but he made me follow him to the back bedroom and when we got there, the entire room was alright.

‘I ran and got a bucket and filled it with water and threw it on the flames but all that did was make it worse.

‘At this point I started to panic and knocked on the neighbours doors to warn them and tried to get down in the lift but because of the fire it had automatically stopped working.

‘I ran down the twelve flights of stairs to summon help. 

‘I remember looking at my friend when he woke me up and his lips and tongue were black. I couldn’t understand it at the time but I realise now it must have been I caused by him inhaling the smoke.

‘He is now in hospital, I haven’t had chance to speak to him yet. I hope he is ok. He isn’t seriously hurt, it’s mainly shock.’

A Hammersmith and Fulham council spokesman confirm that the 1960s tower block ‘does not have Grenfell-style cladding’ meaning that it is ‘non-flammable’. 

They also denied that the systems did not work, adding: ‘The fire alarm in the affected property worked. The automatic smoke control system for the building worked.

‘The wet risers to feed water up the building worked – which was used by the London Fire Brigade to put out the fire.’

 London Fire Brigade confirmed that the fire was under control as of 10.55am and three people had left the flat before firefighters arrived. 

The blaze caused damage to three floors of the building, and residents from the 10th, 11th and 12th floors have not been allowed back into their homes.

Firefighters are now battling a second fire after a tower block Grantham Road, Newham became engulfed in flames. THe blaze started just hours after crews had put out the one just 15 minutes from Grenfell

Firefighters are now battling a second fire after a tower block Grantham Road, Newham became engulfed in flames. THe blaze started just hours after crews had put out the one just 15 minutes from Grenfell

Thirty residents were evacuated and one person was treated for smoke inhalation after the blaze broke out at the high rise building less than a mile from Grenfell Tower, just days after the fifth anniversary of the tragedy

Thirty residents were evacuated and one person was treated for smoke inhalation after the blaze broke out at the high rise building less than a mile from Grenfell Tower, just days after the fifth anniversary of the tragedy

A fire broke out this morning on the 12th floor of a high-rise flat close to Grenfell Tower in West London. Around 60 firefighters tackled the blaze on Queensdale Crescent which is now under control

A fire broke out this morning on the 12th floor of a high-rise flat close to Grenfell Tower in West London. Around 60 firefighters tackled the blaze on Queensdale Crescent which is now under control

Station Commander David Bracewell confirmed that the fire was under control by around 11am, with the residents of the high-rise not in any danger. One person was rushed to hospital by the London Ambulance service and two others were treated at the scene

Station Commander David Bracewell confirmed that the fire was under control by around 11am, with the residents of the high-rise not in any danger. One person was rushed to hospital by the London Ambulance service and two others were treated at the scene

The fire at Grenfell in June 2017 killed 72 people  and injured another 74. The blaze took more than 250 firefighters and 70 fire engines to bring under control

The fire at Grenfell in June 2017 killed 72 people  and injured another 74. The blaze took more than 250 firefighters and 70 fire engines to bring under control

Scorch marks can be seen on the side of the high-rise building after the 12th floor flat set alight. The cause of the fire is thought to have been from an 'electric bike charger' and the residents of the property had fled the flat before firefighters attended

Scorch marks can be seen on the side of the high-rise building after the 12th floor flat set alight. The cause of the fire is thought to have been from an ‘electric bike charger’ and the residents of the property had fled the flat before firefighters attended

Mr Shakat added: ‘I remember looking at my friend when he woke me up and his lips and tongue were black. I couldn’t understand it at the time but I realise now it must have been caused by him inhaling the smoke.

‘He told me that he had been charging his e-bike overnight and he woke up this morning because smoke was coming out of the charger in the wall.

‘As he went to take the charger out, it exploded and showered the floor and wall with hot pieces of plastic which set fire to the carpet and the curtains.

‘The fire took hold within minutes – but the smoke alarms in the flat did not go off and neither did the sprinklers that were only put in earlier this year.’

‘I’m still in shock but I’m happy and relieved that everyone got out ok and nobody was seriously hurt.’

A Hammersmith and Fulham council spokesman confirmed that the fire ‘was under control very quickly’ and that there was ‘no need to evacuate as the fire was contained to a single flat’.

Firefighters are now battling a second fire after a tower block Grantham Road, Newham became engulfed in flames.

Around 100 firefighters and 15 fire engines are currently fighting the fire on the 13th floor of a 15-storey block is alight and around 60 people escaped the building before firefighters arrived.

A London Fire Brigade spokesman said: ‘Half of a flat on the 13th floor and the whole of a flat on the 14th floor is alight. Around 60 people left the building before the Brigade arrived.

‘The Brigade was called at 1447. Fire crews from Ilford, Stratford, Leytonstone, Plaistow, Dagenham and surrounding fire stations are at the scene.

‘The Brigade’s 999 Control Officers have taken more than 50 calls to the blaze. The cause of the fire is not known at this stage.’

Alongside the 60 firefighters a 32mm aerial appliance was sent to the scene, with a 64mm fire engine also called to assist. Emergency services helped up to 30 residents leave the building, with those from the 10th, 11th and 12th floors still unable to access their homes

Alongside the 60 firefighters a 32mm aerial appliance was sent to the scene, with a 64mm fire engine also called to assist. Emergency services helped up to 30 residents leave the building, with those from the 10th, 11th and 12th floors still unable to access their homes 

His friend found smoke coming from the charger and when he unplugged it the entire thing exploded, with the burning hot plastic setting fire to the carpet and curtains in the bathroom.

His friend found smoke coming from the charger and when he unplugged it the entire thing exploded, with the burning hot plastic setting fire to the carpet and curtains in the bathroom.

Black smoke and ash could be seen billowing out of the windows of the high rise property, burning the exterior of the building

Black smoke and ash could be seen billowing out of the windows of the high rise property, burning the exterior of the building

Eight fire engines rushed to the scene of the fire to tackle the blaze, with London Ambulance Service treating a 'number of patients' at the scene

Eight fire engines rushed to the scene of the fire to tackle the blaze, with London Ambulance Service treating a ‘number of patients’ at the scene

London Fire Brigade confirmed that they had taken over thirty 999 about the fire in West London after smoke was seen billowing from the building

London Fire Brigade confirmed that they had taken over thirty 999 about the fire in West London after smoke was seen billowing from the building

Fire risk assessment documents published by the authority last year for Stebbing House state that the ‘risk to life from fire in these premises is ‘moderate’ but certain concerns were highlighted including the need for ‘additional smoke ventilation to corridors’.

The building has 25 floors and was refurbished in about 2011 and can house a maximum of 450 residents, according to council documents.

A London Ambulance Service spokesman added: ‘We were called at 9.45am to reports of a fire at a block of flats on Queensdale Crescent. 

‘We sent resources to the scene, including two ambulances and our Hazardous Area Response Team. 

‘Two patients were assessed at the scene and another was treated and taken to hospital.’

Black smoke could be seen billowing in the sky less than a mile away from Grenfell Tower which caught fire in June 2017.

Armani Paczkowski, who lives on the sixth floor with his mother, said: ‘The first we heard that something was happening was when neighbours started knocking on our front door this morning about 9.30am.

‘They were telling us there was a fire and that we had to get out.

‘I couldn’t see anything until I got out of the block and went round to the back and saw thick black smoke pouring out of a window on the 12th floor.’

Prince William and Kate laid a wreath with white flowers at the base of Grenfell Tower to mark the five-year anniversary of the deadly fire in an unannounced visit last week

Prince William and Kate laid a wreath with white flowers at the base of Grenfell Tower to mark the five-year anniversary of the deadly fire in an unannounced visit last week

Theresa May and community volunteer Claire Walker spoke before the Grenfell fire memorial service at Westminster Abbey

 Theresa May and community volunteer Claire Walker spoke before the Grenfell fire memorial service at Westminster Abbey

Grenfell Tower Memorial Wall was created to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the devastating blaze in 2017

Grenfell Tower Memorial Wall was created to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the devastating blaze in 2017

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan attended the memorial service for Grenfell Tower in Westminster Abbey last week

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan attended the memorial service for Grenfell Tower in Westminster Abbey last week 

Another resident, on the second floor, said: ‘I could smell smoke but couldn’t see it. The fire happened at the back of the block, upstairs from me so I didn’t see it.

‘It was quite frightening to begin with because Grenfell Tower is nearby and thoughts of that disaster went through my mind at first but thankfully on this occasion, the fire was under control fairly quickly with no loss of life.’

A to​​tal of 72 people were killed and another 74 injured in the blaze, which took more than 250 firefighters and 70 fire engines to bring under control. 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined bereaved families and survivors of the tragedy at the event last week. 

The 72 victims who lost their lives in the deadly Grenfell Tower blaze 

Kate and Wills had held a private meeting before the memorial event,  between the royal couple and those directly affected by the disaster. 

NHS communications director Mike Waddington has encouraged residents whose memories of the Grenfell fire had been triggered by today’s latest blaze to approach local mental health services.

He tweeted: ‘If you find this incident in Shepherds Bush upsetting so close to the Grenfell Anniversary, please contact the Grenfell Health & Wellbeing Service 0208 637 6279 up to 8pm; then call the CNWL Support line on 0800 0234 650.’

Resident Ellis Hunt, 64, said lessons should be learnt from the Grenfell Tower tragedy in order to ensure people can be rescued from building on fire as safely as possible.

He added: ‘I was concerned about my neighbour realising that there’s nobody coming up. Who was there to look about the elderly people that can’t walk or can’t move? Everybody’s frightened but they don’t know what to do.’

 The West London blaze comes days after the five year anniversary of the devastating Grenfell tragedy, which was marked with a service at Westminster Abbey.

Multi-faith leaders read out the names of the victims of the tragedy at the memorial, which was attended by MPs including Theresa May, who was prime minister at the time.

After each group of names was read out, the congregation said in unison ‘Forever in our hearts’ – the phrase emblazoned across the top of the covered-up tower in north Kensington – as Mrs May and others bowed their heads in prayer.

After the service the abbey’s bells rang out 72 times and white roses were laid at the entrance of the church just off Parliament Square.

The accidental fire five years ago – the worst in Britain for more than a generation – was accelerated by deadly combustible cladding and many of those who died had been told to stay in their flats.

Five years on from the Grenfell Tower disaster, more than 50 high-rise buildings have the same highly-flammable cladding that caused the fire that killed 72 people.

Despite a Government target that all dangerous cladding materials should be removed by June 2020, their latest figures show they are still not there.

In total, 486 buildings over 18 metres tall were found to contain the aluminium composite material (ACM) cladding identified by the Grenfell Inquiry as the leading cause of the 2017 tragedy.

Work is still to be completed on 111 of them while it has not even begun on 31 buildings and 58 still have the cladding intact.

The Grenfell Fire, which began with a malfunctioning fridge-freezer on the fourth floor of the block in Kensington and Chelsea, ended up claiming more lives than any other residential fire since the World War II.

Eighteen months later, the Government banned the type of combustible cladding used on Grenfell and vowed to remove what remained.

But plans hit a roadblock as leaseholders in some of the affected buildings were required to pay for the repairs themselves.

This left many of them stuck in a Catch 22 – unable to afford the repairs and unable to sell their properties because of the work required.

Now a deal has been done with Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, for 45 homebuilders to pay £2 billion to fix the unsafe cladding.

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