The Moment A Woman Found Out Her Mum Survived The Grenfell Fire

17 June, 2018, 11:21 | Author: Sheila Harris
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It's one year since the Grenfell fire, which killed 72 people living in a North Kensington tower block.

But the 58-year-old also expressed frustration at a litany of promises broken by authorities and said he was still in temporary accommodation.

People march during commemorations to mark the first anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire, near the burn out social housing apartment block in west London, Britain June 14, 2018.

He told the Press Association: "It was emotional, of course, but it felt good because everyone around is your community, they're friends that you know, so it didn't feel uncomfortable or unusual, everyone just wanted to hug or say hello".

On Thursday, there were an estimated 5,000 people in attendance for the one-year anniversary, many of whom quietly wiped away tears and held each other as they moved.

A few days ahead of the anniversary, the Bishop of London opened a memorial garden in the grounds of St Clement's Church, Notting Dale, which stands in the shadow of Grenfell Tower.

"In addition, I recently welcomed Dame Judith Hackitt's final, comprehensive report following her Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety".

But the London Fire Brigade told residents to "stay put" - standard procedure in high-rise fires - for almost two hours, despite the fire reaching the roof within around half an hour. Survivors and relatives of those who died have already given evidence to commemorate their loved ones.

Christoph Mayr, 32, said: "We're on the top floor and woke up because there was shouting outside, so went out on the balcony, and people in the building opposite were screaming, "fire, fire".

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Kerry O'Hara, a survivor from the sixth floor, told AFP: "I was glad that I didn't follow that advice and I just hate to think what would've happened if I'd stayed put".

Adele thanking the firefighters of Chelsea Fire Station for their efforts during the Grenfell Tower blaze.

Residents argue the wealthy borough neglected the less affluent northern section that is home to Grenfell and surrounding public housing.

Speaking in parliament, May defended her government's actions.

It was a moment of reflection for survivors, emergency services and others from the community.

Theresa May is planning to observe the minute's silence with staff in her office at 10 Downing Street, her spokesman said.

Queen Elizabeth and her new granddaughter-in-law Meghan, out together on an official visit to Chester in northwest England, were among those who observed a national silence in honor of the victims at mid-day.

"It's a really bittersweet thing", said Brade of Justice4Grenfell.

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