Published: 2017-06-17 02:46:34 BdST
"I'm just looking at that building every day. I'm like, God help these people," said Choucair, 42, who had lived with her family in the 24-storey Grenfell Tower for just over a year.
"I'm just hoping that they are in hospital, they've made it through the stairway, got out. Everyone - not just my family, every single person in there. I'm praying for them," she said.
A woman stands by missing person posters near The Grenfell Tower block, destroyed by fire, in north Kensington, West London, Britain June 16, 2017. REUTERS
With dozens still unaccounted for, police have said that the death toll would rise and some victims might never be identified as firefighters search the charred shell of the building to locate the victims' remains.
All around the gutted tower, posters of the missing were hanging from shop windows, telephone boxes and road signs.
Choucair has added her own posters, appealing for help in finding her mother, sister Nadia and her husband Bassem, and their three children; Mierna, 14, Fatima, 11, and 3-year-old Zayneb. They had lived on the 22nd floor of the tower.
A woman touches missing person posters near The Grenfell Tower block, destroyed by fire, in north Kensington, West London, Britain June 16, 2017. REUTERS
British media and angry local residents have raised a series of issues including whether the cladding used on the building helped the blaze spread.London Mayor Sadiq Khan has written to Prime Minister Theresa May demanding answers on behalf of residents.
"The local community feels their grief has been made worse by the lack of information about their missing family members and friends," he wrote.
"They are fully aware of the true scale of this tragedy but cannot comprehend why they are not being given more information. There is also insufficient support for victims on the ground."
Extensive damage is seen to the Grenfell Tower block which was destroyed in a disastrous fire, in north Kensington, West London, Britain June 16, 2017. REUTERS
Choucair told Reuters residents had concerns about the safety of the building and she was angry about what has happened. But she said the welfare of her loved ones was more important.
"Unfortunately this had to happen for things to happen. It's like a wake up call. Everyone should have learned. This should not have happened in the beginning," she said.
"I'm not here to blame anyone, that's not my concern," she said. "My concern is my family and that everyone is alive."