WATCH: Five days of Grenfell
Locals spent the entire night watching in distress as residents called for help from countless windows across multiple floors.
As survivors were smoked out of the building, fire brigades from across the city tended to what was described as an unprecedented major fire event – the worst in modern British history.
Just hours after the fire began, while firefighters were still struggled to fight the blaze, communities locally and across the country mobilised to support those affected.
Donations and aid worth hundreds of thousands of pounds arrived at community centres, churches and mosques in the area, and protesters took to the streets in solidarity to demand justice for Grenfell residents.
More than a month after the disaster, authorities have confirmed the deaths of 80 people in the fire and a criminal investigation has been launched.
The death toll is still expected to rise – but due to the intensity of the fire, police say some bodies will never be identified.
The New Arab team was on the scene in the immediate aftermath of the tragedy.
Here are the first five days we witnessed: