Survivors Flee Grenfell Tower Inquiry As Video Of Blaze Played Without Warning

George Bowden
Survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire fled an inquiry into the disaster today

Survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire fled an inquiry into the disaster today after footage of the blaze was played without warning.

Many members of the audience left the room in distress after a video was played on a screen, showing the North Kensington block in flames.

Many of those affected by the tragedy could be seen burying their faces in their hands, before people began leaving the room in tears.

Their cries could be heard from the hallway after they rushed outside. The video was only paused as a technical problem was addressed.

Bernard Richmond QC told the hearing: “I’m also aware that some people needed to leave the room, I’m sorry that the warning that should have been put out didn’t get put out.”

Before the video was played, a person told the hearing: “There is also now a film, so I’m going to ask the lights are now turned down.”

The first footage in the film was of debris falling from the tower captured on a mobile phone.