Pictures showing the gutted kitchen where the devastating Grenfell Tower fire broke out have been released for the first time. The photos were shown to the Grenfell Inquiry, which is currently investigating the cause and spread of the fire, which killed 72 people as it tore through the 25-storey building on 14 June last year. The Grenfell Tower fire broke out in the kitchen of flat 16.
Ahmed Elgwahry told the Grenfell Tower public inquiry how he heard his mother and sister Eslah and Elgwahry's final moments.
The Government will fully fund the removal of dangerous cladding from tower blocks by councils and housing associations.
Families of those who perished in the Grenfell Tower tragedy have accused Prime Minister Theresa May of making things worse after a private meeting
Stormzy closed the Brit Awards with a politically-charged performance, taking aim at Theresa May’s handling of the Grenfell tower disaster, institutionalised racism and the Daily Mail.
Flora Neda, who lived on the 23rd floor of the building, claimed residents said they were told to go to the top floor and wait for rescue by helicopter as the fire raged.
Just nine offers of permanent accommodation have been accepted by Grenfell survivors whose homes were destroyed in the devastating blaze. The leader of Kensington and Chelsea Council, Elizabeth Campbell, said she hoped more of the 180-plus households in hotels and temporary accommodation would be rehoused as soon as possible, but stressed it would be according to “their need, not speed”.
A teenager who was dubbed a hero for helping residents as the Grenfell Tower inferno blazed before sitting an exam the next morning said he was “a bit gutted” after receiving his results. Rory Walsh, 18, spent all night co-ordinating the mass of donations and helped families driven from their homes at Grenfell Tower find shelter – despite his English poetry exam just hours away on the horizon. The teenager – who was hoping for a C and said he would be doing “backflips” if he got a B – received a D grade for his English Literature and Language A-level, a D for Film Studies and a D for AS media studies.
A Mail Online article which claimed that a man’s faulty fridge had started the deadly Grenfell Tower fire has attracted more than 1,100 complaints. The Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) has received more than 1,100 complaints, the Guardian reported. It is one of the most complained-about articles to IPSO.
A Sun journalist pretended to a hospital to be a relative of a victim of the Grenfell Tower fire in order to get an interview inside the building, it has been claimed. King’s College Hospital is to lodge a formal complaint with press watchdog, the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO), over the allegation. “Following an incident at King’s College hospital, we have formally written to the Sun and will be informing the Independent Press Standards Organisation,” a spokeswoman for King’s College Hospital NHS foundation trust told the Guardian.
An heroic son carried his disabled mother out of the Grenfell Tower fire, battling his way from the top of the block to the bottom to save their lives. Shekeb Neda, 24, reportedly carried 55-year-old mother Flora on his back down the staircase in the blazing building. The graduate’s uncle Aref, 54, told The Sun how Mrs Neda, who suffers from a muscle disease, collapsed due to the smoke coming into their flat.
A senior Cabinet minister has said it is not right to discuss whether Theresa May failed to show any humanity when she failed to meet survivors of the Grenfell tower disaster. Andrea Leadsom was harangued in the street as she defended the Prime Minister from not meeting families of the victims of the Grenfell Tower disaster, which has left at least 30 people dead. The Prime Minister has been widely criticised for speaking only to emergency workers during her private visit on Thursday, with former Conservative minister Michael Portillo saying she should have been willing to face residents’ anger.
Theresa May is unlikely to make it to the Tory party conference as Prime Minister, Michael Portillo has said, as he accused her of lacking “humanity”. Mr Portillo, a former Cabinet member himself, said he would be “amazed” if Mrs May was still PM by October, when the Conservative Party conference takes place. The Prime Minister met fire chiefs but did not speak to residents, while her opposite number, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was seen to be meeting people affected by the blaze.
Fireproof cladding which could have prevented the Grenfell Tower disaster, which has left at least 30 people dead, would have cost just £5,000 to install, it has been claimed. Aluminium coated panels, known as Reynobond, were fitted to the outside of the west London high-rise. The panels are said to come in three versions, with the cheapest type apparently used in Grenfell Tower.
A church is looking after a cat that was rescued from the devastating Grenfell Tower fire. Pancho, who has been dubbed the Grenfell Tower cat, was taken in by volunteers after he became separated from his owners. The nearby St Clement’s Church in Treagold are now looking after him while the search for his owners continues.
With fire fighters still trying to determine the exact cause of the Grenfell Tower fire, one devastated resident believes his fridge is to blame. According to witnesses, the unnamed resident told his neighbours that the fire at the tower block in Kensington, west London, was caused by his fridge exploding. Samira Lamrani, 38, who lives nearby said: “I saw a very small fire to begin with and a gentleman at the bottom gesturing saying his refrigerator had exploded and then the fire spread really rapidly.
Rainscreen cladding, which was added during the Kensington tower block's refurbishment, can act as a 'chimney' for fires because of its ventilated cavities.
Firefighters have been battling to tackle the blaze in the 27-storey tower block in Kensington this morning, with residents resorting to desperate measures to reach safety.