Extensive damage is seen to the Grenfell Tower block, which was destroyed in a fire disaster, in north Kensington, West London.
Extensive damage is seen to the Grenfell Tower block, which was destroyed in a fire disaster, in north Kensington, West London. (REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth)

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"Please pray for me" are the last words anyone heard from Khadija Saye, who was in Grenfell Towers when it caught ablaze.

Friends are begging for any indication of Saye's whereabouts.

"She was saying she just can't get out and 'Please pray for me. There's a fire in my council block. I can't leave the flat. Please pray for me and my mum,'" friend Nicola Green told the Evening Standard. Saye and her mother are both missing.

London's Grenfell towers caught fire Wednesday.

"The only alarm that went off was my neighbor's smoke alarm. I thought he had burned some chips," resident Eddie Daffarn tells The New York Times. "I opened the door and there was smoke, loads of smoke, so then I closed it and thought: This is a real fire, not my mate's chip pan."

At least 17 people died in the fire and the aftermath. More than 80 have been in and out of hospitals with 10 in critical condition. Fire officials expect the official death toll could reach more than 100 by the time they finish clearing out the 24-floor complex.

Commissioner Dany Cotton said it would be a "miracle" to find anyone still alive in the charred shell.

"I am deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life at Grenfell Tower. My thoughts are with all those affected and the emergency services," British Prime Minister Theresa May tweeted after the disaster.

May ordered a full public inquiry into the fire.

There should be "no stone unturned on this because we completely understand the shock, the concern, the anger, the frustration, the fear that is out there," fire minister Nick Hurd tells BBC.

Saye and her mother are two of dozens missing after the blaze.

Jessilyn Justice is the director of online news for Charisma. Born and raised in a pastor's family in Alabama, she went to Lee University and the Washington Journalism Center. She's passionate sharing God's goodness through storytelling. Tell her what you think of this story on Twitter @jessilynjustice.

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