The first victim of the Grenfell Tower fire in London has been named as Mohammad Alhajali, a 23-year-old Syrian refugee.
She told The Times he was "an wonderful guy" who had come to the United Kingdom three years ago, with his brother Omar, "seeking a better, safer life".
Firefighters have said they expect the number of fatalities to rise and that they do not expect to find anymore survivors in the 1970s building.
Mohammad al-Haj Ali, a civil engineering student at West London University, was separated from his older brother Omar on the stairs as they tried to escape the devastating fire that engulfed the 24-storey residential block Grenfell Tower on Wednesday.
Omar, 25, managed to escape and is recovering at a hospital, but al-Haj Ali was overwhelmed by smoke in the staircase so he ran back into his 14-floor apartment.
Syria Solidarity Campaign, a Britain-based non-profit organization, paid tribute to Al-Haj Ali on Facebook.
The organisation said in a statement that Mr Alhajali was on the phone for two hours with a friend in Syria while the fire raged, as he waited to be rescued.
"We are heartbroken for his family, who thought he had found safety in the United Kingdom", read the post.
Whether he was part of the 20,000 Syrians that are projected to be given United Kingdom citizenship over five years as the government wants or not is unclear. "His story touched me personally because he had escaped death from Syria and came to the United Kingdom to find a new life".
Investigators said on Wednesday they do not want to speculate into the cause of the fire.
He said he studied civil engineering at the University of West London so he could one day return to Syria and help the country.
At least 17 casualties have already been confirmed by police.