The Grenfell Tower fire broke out on 14 June 2017 in the 24-storey nearly 50 year old Grenfell Tower block of flats in North Kensington, West London, United Kingdom. It caused 72 deaths, including two who later died in hospital. Over 70 others were injured and 223 people escaped. It is the deadliest structural fire in the United Kingdom since the 1988 Piper Alpha disaster and the worst UK residential fire since the Second World War. The fire is under public inquiry, police investigations and coroner's inquests.
At approximately 00:54 on the 14th of June 2017, London Fire Brigade were called to a fire which was believed to have started on the 4th floor of the building, within minutes the entire building was engulfed in flames. Use of non-fire-retardant cladding in a 2016 renovation is thought to have facilitated rapid spread of fire. Police have so far confirmed there have been 78 fatalities and have stated that number could again rise.
Emergency services received the first report of the fire at 00:54 local time. It burned for about 60 hours until finally being extinguished. More than 250 London Fire Brigade firefighters and 70 fire engines were involved from stations all across London in efforts to control the fire. Over 100 London Ambulance Service crews on at least 20 ambulances attended, joined by specialist paramedics from the London Ambulance Service’s elite Hazardous Area Response Team. The Metropolitan Police Service and London's Air Ambulance also assisted the rescue effort.
The tower it's self
The Grenfell Tower Inquiry began on 14 September 2017 to investigate the causes of the fire, and other related issues. Police and fire services believe the fire was started by a malfunctioning fridge-freezer on the fourth floor. The rapid spread of the fire has been attributed to the building's exterior cladding, a type in widespread use. An independent review of building regulations and fire safety was published on 17 May 2018. The investigation was finally wound up on in 2019 and never officially acted upon by the government or borough council. The fatalities have been lowered to 71 currently.
The list of the dead
- Aohammed Alhajali, 23 The engineering student come refugee had fled Syria for the UK 3 years ago.
- Khadija Saye, 24
- Mary Mendy, 52
- Anthony 'Tony' Disson, 65,
- Abufars Mohamed Ibrahim, 39
- Khadija Khalloufi, 52
- Abdeslam Sebbar, 77
- Isaac Paulous, 5
- Sheila 'Shelly' Smith, 84
- Gloria Trevisan and Marco Gottardi, both 27
- Berkti 'Mum' Haftom, 29, and her 12-year-old son Biruk.
- Zainab Deen, 32 and Jeremiah Deen, 2
- Hamid Kani, 61
- Nura 'Mum' Jemal, 35, Hashim Kedir, 44, Yahya Hashim, 13, Yaqub Hashim, 6, and Firdwas Hashim, 12
- Ali Yawar Jafari, 82
- Marjorie 'Mo' Vital, 68
- Deborah 'Debbs' Lamprell, 45
- Yasin El Wahabi, 20,
- Logan Gomes, 0 (stillborn in hospital in the hours after the fire) to his his mother Andreia Gomes, who was put in an induced coma and was unaware she had lost her son, who had already been named Logan, until she came round four days later.
In total, 23 people have been formally identified, but who have not been named at the request of their families.