Published: Sun, June 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

A year on, horrific Grenfell Tower fire haunts Britain

A year on, horrific Grenfell Tower fire haunts Britain

"The continued resilience and sense of spirit shown by the community at the heart of this tragedy is inspiring", she said, adding: "Many of us will take time today, one year on, to think back and remember".

Clarrie Mendy, who organised the service, prayed for strength and help coming to terms with the knowledge that "72 angels ascended into your heavenly realm on the 14th of June 2017".

As the public inquiry into the fire continues, the Hackitt Review into building regulations for high-rise building progresses and the police's criminal investigation gathers pace, Mr Brockenshire told MPs that the consultation will be released in full next week.

On June 14 previous year, 72 people lost their lives as the tower block in North Kensington engulfed in flames.

"I don't know why it took so long", she said.

Housing Secretary James Brokenshire told MPs on Monday 198 of out of the 203 households had accepted either permanent or temporary accommodation almost one year on from the fire.

A spokesman for Barratt Residential Asset Management, the firm that manages the building, said: "A fire occurred in a single apartment at the Roma Corte building early this morning, it was extinguished safely and quickly without any injuries".

The policy has been severely criticised by relatives of those who died.

"Forever in our Hearts", citizens' group Grenfell United tweeted. At such times, politicians have the choice to either make changes or to do nothing, and in the case of Grenfell Tower, the latter seems to have happened.

Despite the support, residents argue the wealthy borough's authorities have neglected the less affluent northern section home to Grenfell and surrounding public housing.

They also accuse it of cost-cutting on the refurbishment, which included the installation of cladding blamed for the fire, and bungling its overall response.

A council spokesman said it had committed £235 million (RM1.2 billion) to secure new homes for people to choose from.

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

She apologised on Monday in a newspaper article for only meeting members of the emergency services and not residents when visiting the still-smouldering tower last June.

Hundreds attended a private ceremony near the foot of the block in west London.

"We're trying to see how we can heal together", said Imafidon. She said the trip made a real difference: "It's wonderful".

This week, a series of memorial events are planned to honour the date including a one minute's silence on the day of the fire.

"Of course this was the most devastating thing to happen to our community but it's really unified us all and it's made us realise that we do have a voice".

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