The man whose flat caught fire first in Grenfell Tower packed a bag of clothes before raising the alarm, it was claimed.
At that point he had already prepared to leave the building by packing possessions into a holdall, she claimed.
The fire brigade was called at 12.54am and arrived within six minutes.
Maryam, 41, described how she could see the fire in the man’s kitchen through his open front door, saying it still appeared small at that time.
She was frightened enough to leave without any of her possessions, not even taking her phone.
They were out of the building shortly afterwards, but for the next half hour at least she said she saw ‘very little’ people coming out of the building, with the fire spreading upwards.
The fire went on to claim at least 17 lives with the toll expected to rise when firefighters reach the top floors.
‘The fire started in the flat next door to mine on the fourth floor,’ Maryam said.
‘It was exactly 12.50am because I was sleeping and it woke me up,’ she said.
‘When we got up I saw outside his flat his luggage, there was a big bag with his clothes,’ she said. ‘That means he took the stuff from his flat and then he told the neighbours.’
Samira Lamrani, another neighbour, also described being woken up by a man.
‘He was pointing at the fire on a lower floor and said, ‘That’s my flat, that’s it’. He said it was his fridge that had exploded,’ the Daily Mail reported she said.
‘He started filming it on his phone. He was upset but I don’t think he had a clue about the scale of what was happening.
Only two or three fire engines could get close to the tower block because of difficulties with access, Maryam claimed.
Asked how she felt when she was woken up by her neighbour and told of the fire, she said: ‘It was very scary. Very scary. There is only one gate to the building and it is too small.
‘Only two or three fire engines could get in near the building and they were trying to put out the fire through the window from far away.
‘The entrance is too small. Even with a car you have to wait for one car to pass before you can go.’
In a statement today, the fire service said it was too early for them to say conclusively what caused the fire and they would not comment on reports it started with a broken fridge.