Mother of 6 year old daughter Natasha Elcock explained how she saved her family — by running a bath and flooding the floors as their tower block blazed.
The 39-year-old said:
“I let the bathroom flood. It kept the flat damp. It may have saved our lives.”
The trio obeyed notices telling them to stay put but after 90 minutes fire crews told them to get out as quickly as possible.
John Lewis worker Natasha, who was a resident of the tower for 20 years, said:
“We tried the door but it was too hot. We had our little girl on the wet floor and we went to the coldest room.
The door was buckling and the windows bubbling and cracking. It was terrifying.”
She rang for help “almost 100 times”, and was once being put through to call handlers in Glasgow.
Crews finally got to her at 3am. The family said they had to step over a body as they were existing their flat and went to hospital for smoke inhalation treatment.
The fire has killed 12 people so far with several more casualties expected to be announced in the coming days.
Police have told people who are concerned about friends or relatives who may have been in the building to call the Casualty Bureau on 0800 0961 233