What Caused The Grenfell Fire, What Was Wrong With The Tower’s Cladding And The Doors And Where Did The Blaze Start?


A HORRIFIC inferno which tore through Grenfell Tower in West London left 72 people dead in June 2017.

An inquiry began hearings in May 2018 to investigate the cause of the tragedy and individual hearings will begin May 21. Here’s what we know so far.

PA:Press Association The Grenfell Tower fire in West London left 72 people dead in June 2017

What happened in the London fire?

A large fire broke out just after 1am on Wednesday, June 14, 2017.

It is believed to have started on the fourth floor, before it quickly spread to the whole building.

At least 350 people were thought to be inside when the blaze began and some were still trapped hours later.

Desperate residents were heard screaming for help and horrified witnesses said they could see people waving sheets out of the windows, with some jumping from the building.

The blaze was not brought under control until 1.14am on Thursday, June 15, some 24 hours after it started.

Police later confirmed 72 people died in the fire, after victims Syrian refugee Mohammed Al Haj Ali, 23, and 24-year-old Khadija Saye were first named.

Reuters Dozens died in a fire which tore through a West London tower block in minutes

How did the Grenfell Tower fire start?

Kensington and Chelsea London borough council built Grenfell Tower in 1974.

In May 2017, an £8.6million refurbishment was completed by Rydon Construction, as part of a wider transformation of the estate.

Work included new exterior cladding, replacement windows and a communal heating system.

A fire broke out at Behailu Kebede’s fourth floor flat.

Reuters The gutted remains of the building after the fire raged through the tower block in the early hours of June 14

A public inquiry heard he was awoken by his smoke alarm on June 14 27, immediately calling 999, alerted his flatmates and neighbours as soon as he saw smoke.

Mr Kebede left his home with no shoes, keys or wallet – not clutching his hastily assembled belongings as was reported at the time.

How did cladding and a Hotpoint fridge contribute to the London tower block disaster?

A Hotpoint FF175BP fridge freezer in a fourth floor flat was initially blamed for starting the deadly blaze but a new report suggests it might not have.

It is suspected the fire, which broke out at Mr Kebede’s flat, set light to the flammable exterior cladding through the gaps around the flat windows.

The public inquiry heard that Mr Kebede bought the fridge brand new, five years before the fire, and it was problem free.

After witnesses said flames spread up the exterior cladding, an urgent review of tower block safety was launched.

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