Survivors mark four year anniversary of Grenfell tower fire tragedy

Candlelightsource: Evening Standard
published: 14 June 2021

Grenfell survivors and campaigners have said it was a “shocking scandal” that four years after the disaster thousands of people are still living in buildings covered in flammable cladding.

Monday is the fourth anniversary of the fire that ripped through the North Kensington tower block on June 14, 2017, killing 72 people. The discovery that combustible ACM cladding had helped the flames spread led to a nationwide debate about fire safety in tall buildings.

But four years on, many leaseholders [still] face huge bills to fix cladding issues with their homes and hundreds of buildings are still waiting for safety works to [actually] start.

Karim Mussilhy, who lost his uncle in the fire and now works with survivors and victims group Grenfell United, said those who died must never be forgotten.

He added: “We are frustrated that cladding is still an issue. There are still thousands of tenants living in unsafe housing, others are falling into financial ruin because they didn’t know the homes they bought are unsafe.”

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