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.
The new leader of Kensington Council has spoken out about the Grenfell disaster and pledged to “heal the wounds” in the community. Elizabeth Campbell was nominated to be leader by Kensington Conservatives to take over from Nicholas Paget-Brown, who resigned on Friday, and lead the embattled Kensington and Chelsea Council.
149 UK tower blocks have now failed fire safety tests, a government spokeswoman has confirmed. Speaking on behalf of Theresa May, the spokeswoman said: “So far the cladding from 149 high rise buildings in 45 local authority areas have failed the tests. The tests were carried out in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster, in which at least 80 people died.
The vile image of a fake Grenfell Tower ‘memorial candle’ has been shared widely on social media. The photoshopped image, which shows the burnt out tower block with a lit candle wick on top, was posted on Facebook page ‘Hallmark for A**holes’. The sick image was published alongside the caption ‘Grenfell Tower memorial candle £4.99’, and was shared more than 100 times before it was removed.
The cladding fitted to Grenfell Tower during its refurbishment was changed to a cheaper version to save cash, it has been claimed. The BBC said it had obtained documents showing that the zinc cladding that was originally planned as part of the multi-million pound refurbishment was replaced with a less resistant aluminium cladding, saving nearly £300,000. It published an extract showing a saving of £293,368 that would be saved by fitting “aluminium cladding in lieu of zinc cladding”.
The public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower disaster will leave “no stone unturned”, according to the Prime Minister. Theresa May promised that lessons will be learned from the blaze on the day that she confirmed retired judge Sir Martin Moore-Bick will lead the process.
A six-month-old baby was found cradled in her mother’s arms after being killed by fumes that engulfed Grenfell Tower, an inquest was heard. Leena Belkadi was reportedly the youngest member of her family to die in the fire, which also killed her parents and sister as they attempted to flee down the stairs. Now, an inquest at Westminster Coroner’s Court has heard how Leena’s body was found in a stairwell positioned between the 19th and 20th floor – where the family lived.
Survivors of the Grenfell Tower disaster have been banned from attending the first meeting of senior councillors since the fire over fears of “disruption”. The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) said Thursday’s cabinet meeting will be held in private, chaired by the under-fire council leader. The decision was made after attempts by protesters to storm Kensington Town Hall on June 16, two days after the tragedy.
A high-profile Labour backbencher has denied saying there was a cover-up of the true death toll of the Grenfell Tower disaster as dissatisfaction over the Government’s handling of the tragedy continues to simmer. David Lammy, the MP for Tottenham, appeared on BBC2’ Newsnight where he questioned the official figure of 79 people who are either known to have lost their lives or are missing, presumed dead.
Residents in four tower blocks evacuated over fire safety concerns in the wake of the Grenfell Tower blaze will be told they “must leave”, Camden Council has said. Some 3,000 residents from north London’s Chalcots Estate face weeks in temporary accommodation after Camden Council took the “extraordinary action” to clear 600 flats amid safety fears. The evacuation comes as part of a nationwide safety operation launched after a fire ripped through Grenfell Tower in north Kensington on June 14, leaving at least 79 people dead.
Britain’s largest hotel chain – Premier Inn – has admitted it has “concerns” about the cladding used on some of its buildings. Following the Grenfell Tower tragedy, Premier says it has already investigated three of its hotels in case they do not meet safety regulations. The hotels – in Maidenhead, Brentford and Tottenham – have been given a “detailed assessment” for safety reasons.
Cladding used on tower blocks in north London is to be removed over safety concerns, Camden Council has confirmed. Following the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower last week, the spotlight has fallen on potentially combustible cladding used on high rises across the UK. Now Camden Council leader Georgia Gould has announced that it will begin the process of removing it from several tower blocks in the area, including on its Chalcots Estate.
Toxic gases released by burning insulation on the outside of the Grenfell Tower could have been a contributing factor in the deaths of 79 people, it has been revealed. A safety expert has revealed that the insulation, which was recently fitted during a refurbishment of the 24-storey block, may have filled homes with cyanide when they caught fire. It has also been claimed that the boards could have produced enough of the deadly gas to fill every flat – while manufacturer Celotex has confirmed that ‘toxic gases’ may have been released if it caught fire.
A week ago today, firefighters were tackling a horrendous blaze that ripped through almost all 24 storeys of Grenfell Tower in west London. Local residents, council workers, media, celebrities, politicians and even the Queen have since visited the site where at least 79 people died and where many more were injured in the inferno. One such local resident, Simon Cowell, said he was left “heartbroken” after watching news coverage of the devastating blaze and felt compelled to donate £100,000 to the survivors.
The organisers behind the #DayOfRage protest in London have been accused of hijacking the grief surrounding the Grenfell Tower disaster to further their own political agenda. The demonstration, which was started by the group Movement for Justice By Any Means Necessary (MFJ), is described as a day of action for the victims of the devastating inferno. The far-left activists describe themselves as a ‘youth-led civil rights movement’ which fights for ‘justice, equality and respect’, according to its websites.
Families left homeless after the Grenfell Tower fire are set to movie into luxury flats in the heart of Kensington. Victims of the blaze saw their homes and possessions go up in smoke when a devastating fire gutted the high rise last week. However, the Government now plans to house them permanently in the £2 billion Kensington Row complex on Kensington High Street – where penthouses sell for as much as £13 million, according to the Standard. The paper claims that 68 flats – including two bedroom apartments that sell for £2. ...
Not only has Simon Cowell gathered a string of artists to raise money for the Grenfell Tower victims through the release of a charity single, the music millionaire has also donated £100,000 of his own cash to those affected by the tragic blaze. Simon made an incredibly generous donation. The generous X Factor boss was left feeling “angry and upset” when he saw footage of the shocking inferno that killed at least 79 people near to his home in west London last week (June 15) and was driven to do more than just use his powers in the music industry.
Simon Cowell’s star-studded Grenfell Tower charity single, ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’, has been released today to raise money for the victims of the blaze that ripped through the London estate last week (June 15), killing 79. The X Factor boss lives in west London and was left “heartbroken” after watching news coverage of the devastating blaze in the 24-storey block of flats in the early hours of Wednesday. The song, which is led by choirmaster Gareth Malone, features Stormzy, Robbie Williams, Bastille, James Blunt , Celine Dion and Craig David as well as Sir Paul McCartney, Brian May, Roger Daltry, Rita Ora, Pixie Lott, Ella Eyre and Paloma Faith.
A firefighter has described the moment he was made to make a harrowing decision while he was on the 20th floor of Grenfell Tower. The anonymous hero was inside the burning tower block in Kensington, London, scouring each floor for people who needed rescuing. When he reached the “19th or 20th floor”, he discovered a couple who were struggling to breathe through the thick smoke.
Theresa May has shot down Jeremy Corbyn’s call for empty homes to be seized so they can house victims of the Grenfell Tower fire. The Labour leader doubled down on his idea for empty homes to be taken over by the Government so those left homeless by the tragedy had a place to stay. Mr Corbyn made the proposals last week and yesterday urged the Government to consider requisitioning or using compulsory purchase orders for flats that are deliberately kept vacant, in a process known as land-banking.