Devastating news of the fatal Grenfell Tower tragedy has filled the news for the weeks that have followed the early hours of June 14, where the fire took hold in a fourth-floor flat due to a faulty fridge-freezer. Hundreds of firefighters and around 45 fire engines were at the scene trying to control the fire that had quickly spread across the 24-storey tower block, the fire burned for 60 hours until it was finally extinguished.
It is with deepest regret that we hear of the many that have lost their lives, with police unable to trace the occupants of 23 out of 129 flats. Firefighters risked their lives going into the tower block and pulling people to safety from all 24 floors, it is estimated that the firefighters saved at least 65 people, earning them incredible heartfelt praise across the nation. To the heartache of all the families involved, it is understood that a definitive death toll should not expected until at least 2018, with some victims that will never be identified.
The fire spread rapidly through the building’s exterior that is believed to be due to the exterior cladding that has the BRE Group testing buildings that are owned by councils, housing associations and private landlords across the UK. So far, all 181 samples of cladding samples tested on high-rise building have failed, representing a 100% failure rate in the safety tests so far.
The community is devastated by the events that have unfolded since those early hours of June 14, but have come together donating clothes, food, water, toys and accommodation for all those families that have been affected by the blaze. The government have also supplied the families with temporary accommodation, whilst more permanent accommodation is made available. A total of 112 households from Grenfell Tower have received financial support to help cover any immediate costs.
Millions of pounds has also been raised by various people, communities, charities and organisations including The British Red Cross, The London Community Foundation, The Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund, various crowdfunding pages and a charity single, produced by Simon Cowell which sold 120,000 copies on the first day.
Here at Fire FM we were truly saddened by the fatal fire at Grenfell Tower and we send all of our support to the families and communities affected by this tragic event. We also hope to see a strong course of action consisting of fire safety testing, fire safety installations and overall renovations, to ensure the safety of the public and to prevent catastrophic fires in high rise buildings.
If you would like to help or donate to the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire, you can donate to the British Red Cross here or purchase the Artists for Grenfell – Bridge Over Troubled Water single on iTunes here.