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Resident who escaped said he heard no warning as blaze consumed building

Neighbors describe waking to screams, seeing people jump out of windows

CNN  — 

Michael Paramasivan was watching a film in bed in his West London apartment when he smelled something “plastic-y.”

“I heard shouting, ‘It’s getting bigger, it’s getting bigger!’,” he told CNN Wednesday.

By the time he had grabbed his daughter and ran down the stairs, Paramasivan said half the building was on fire and the other half was catching fast.

“If I’d fallen asleep, we would have all been dead … There weren’t no warning, there weren’t no proper noise to let us know what was happening. We lost everything. Everything in the house is gone,” he said.