A Syrian refugee whose brother was accidentally left to die in Grenfell Tower has described how firefighters refused to believe he was still trapped.
Omar al-Haj Ali, who arrived in the UK with his brother, Mohammad, in 2014, had been on the 14th floor of the west London block on June 14 last year.
They had lived in flat 112 since September 2016, but on the night of the fire, the brothers and their neighbours sought shelter in flat 113.
When firefighters eventually came to rescue the eight residents, only four escaped, while four others, including Mohammad, were left behind.
Mohammad jumped to his death from a window, after the other three victims had fallen unconscious.
In a written statement to the Grenfell Tower inquiry, Omar al-Haj Ali spoke of his panic as he called Mohammad and realised he was still inside. He wrote:
He recalled Mohammad telling him over the phone that he was "scared to leave by himself" because of the thick smoke in the hallway.
In flat 113 with him was Zainab Deen and her young son Jeremiah and Denis Murphy.
Omar was outside becoming increasingly frantic as he tried to get the attention of firefighters.
The fire had now begun to creep towards flat 113, prompting Omar to make several attempts to get back into the tower, without success.
At this stage, the effects of smoke inhalation began to overcome him and he was rushed to King's College Hospital.