Grenfell Tower Fire Victims – How Many People Were Killed In The London Blaze Last Year?


A DEVASTATING fire which ripped through the Grenfell tower block in West London left 72 people dead and hundreds homeless.

Investigations and recovery operations took months and an inquest continues following the blaze, which broke out in the early hours of June 14, 2017. Here’s what we know…

Getty Images Smoke hindered rescue efforts as fires continued to burn with families trapped throughout the building

How many people died in the Grenfell Tower fire?

Police confirmed in November 2017, more than five months after the fire, that 72 people had died including a stillborn baby.

The first victims were named as Syrian refugee Mohammed Al Haj Ali, 23, and artist Khadija Saye, 24.

A public inquiry into the cause and spread of the fire officially opened on September 14, 2017 – exactly three months on from the inferno.

Recently retired lord justice of appeal, Sir Martin Moore-Bick, was appointed to lead the Grenfell Tower public inquiry which started on May 21.

On September 19 last year, police revealed they were considering pursuing individual manslaughter charges as well as the broader corporate manslaughter investigation.

Detective Chief Inspector Matt Bonner added that sick looters are thought to have broken in and rifled through the burned-out flats.

Eight cases of fraud involving people who claimed money following the disaster and four possible thefts from flats on the lower levels while the building was under 24-hour security are being investigated, he said.

“The kind of stuff I would envisage we may come across would involve offences perhaps of fraud, misconduct offences, health and safety breaches, breaches of fire safety regulations, and of course offences of manslaughter, whether that be on a corporate or an individual level,” DCI Bonner added.

Rex Features Fire ripped through Grenfell Tower in Kensington, West London on 14 June 2017

Who are among the victims?

There are 72 people confirmed dead. Among the victims are:

Mohammed Alhajali, 23

Syrian refugee Mohammad Alhajali, 23

He was the first victim to be identified and the first to be given a funeral.

The engineering student had fled Syria for the UK three years ago.

His family called him a “very amazing and kind person”, adding: “He gave love to everyone. He came to the UK because he had ambitions and aims for his life and for his family.”

Khadija Saye, 24

Khadija Saye, 24, has been confirmed as one of the people who died in the blaze at Grenfell Tower

A local artist who had sent a message saying “please pray for me” as flames engulfed the tower block.

Her career was tragically cut short just as it was about to take off.

The 24-year-old shared a flat on the 20th floor with her mum Mary Mendy.

Mary Mendy, 52

PA:Press Association Mary Mendy (right), with her daughter Khadija Saye

Khadija’s mum was described as a “wonderful sister and incredible aunt” by devastated family members.

On behalf of the family, her sister Betty Jackson said: “Your heart was pure, your soul was one of a kind.

“You will be missed for a life time.

“You will remain forever in our hearts.”

Anthony Disson, 65

Met Police Tony Disson, 65, has been formally identified as one of the Grenfell Tower blaze victims

Tony Disson, 65, lived on the 10th floor of the West London tower block which was engulfed by the raging inferno.

In a statement, his family said: “Losing him has left a void that can never be filled. Tony was the most generous person you could ever meet, he didn’t have much but would always be there to help people.

“He had a great sense of humour, especially in the face of the practical jokes the boys would play on him.

“Tony was a real family man. His boys were his life. He was a loving husband, and a one in a million Dad.”

The Fulham fan has four sons, five grandchildren – with a sixth due in September – and three great-grandchildren.

Abufars Mohamed Ibrahim, 39

The devoted son plunged to his death from the burning building after going to visit his mum.

He suffered multiple injuries after landing near the foot of the huge block.

Coroners officer Stephen Hamilton said as his inquest was opened and adjourned: “The circumstances are that a catastrophic fire took hold of Grenfell Tower and Mr Ibrahim was visiting his mother at the time.

“He was seen by emergency services coming from the building and landed near to the foot of the building.”

Khadija Khalloufi, 52

EPA Khadija Khalloufi, 52, died from ‘inhalation of fire fumes’ and was found near her flat

Khadija Khalloufi, 52, originally from Morocco, lived in flat 143 of the tower and was found unresponsive on June 14 by fire fighters near her home address.

Her provisional cause of death was given “as inhalation of fire fumes” and she was identified by her fingerprints.

She became separated from her husband Sabah Abdullah as they tried to escape the building and she was later found by police on grass outside.

Paying tribute, he said: “She was my other half, she was my partner. She was everything.”

Abdeslam Sebbar, 77

He died from smoke inhalation and had to be identified by DNA.

Abdeslam was discovered in a flat on the 11th floor of the gutted tower block.

Isaac Paulous, five

The body of five-year-old Isaac Paulos, who lived with his family on the 18th floor, was found on the 13th floor

One of the youngest victims of the tragedy, little Isaac died after choking on fumes from the fire.

The youngster, who had previously been named as Isaac Shawo, lived with his family on the 18th floor and was found on the 13th floor, Westminster Coroner’s Court was told.

He vanished in the dense fumes as his family attempted to escape the blaze, and had to be identified by his dental records.

His heartbroken family said: “Isaac our beloved son was taken from us when he was only five-years-old.

“We will all miss our kind, energetic, generous little boy.

“He was such a good boy who was loved by his friends and family. We will miss him forever, but we know God is looking after him now and that he is safe in heaven.”

Sheila Smith, 84

EPA Sheila had to be identified by her dental records

The mum-of-two and grandmother-of-six lived on the 16th floor of Grenfell and was identified by her dental records.

Following her official identification, Sheila’s family said: “Sheila was a resident of Grenfell Tower for 34 years who absolutely adored her family and gave her many friends much love and inspiration.

“A very active and well-respected member of the local community, Sheila was cycling around London, performing yoga daily and swimming regularly in the Kensington Leisure Centre until she was 80 years old.

“With her exploration of the alternative, in her lifetime she amassed a wealth of knowledge, wrote poetry and philosophical and political thoughts, and created some highly original artwork – nearly all of which now sadly lost in the fire at Grenfell Tower.

“As a family we are heartbroken as to this senseless tragedy that took her far too early, and will do all we can to honour her name.”

Gloria Trevisan and Marco Gottardi, both 27

PA:Press Association Gloria Trevisan and her fiance Marco Gottardi’s final phone calls to their parents have been revealed

Architecture graduate Gloria lived on the 23rd floor of Grenfell with her partner Marco.

The tragic couple spent their final moments telling their parents they loved them.

Gloria said her mum: “Thank you for what you have done for me.”

Marco courageously attempted to play down his fears but the engaged lovers eventually told their desperate families they could see the blaze raging up the stairs.

Berkti Haftom, 29

PA:Press Association Berkti Haftom, 29, lived in the tower block with her son

Mum Berkti, 29, lived with her 12-year-old son Biruk.

Her family has said: “Berkti was a generous, caring, loving mother, partner, sister, aunty and friend and she will be missed by us all forever.”

Biruk is listed among those missing.

Zainab Deen, 32 and Jeremiah Deen, two

Zainab Deen is one of the people identified as a Grenfell Tower victim

PA:Press Association Her son Jeremiah was also tragically named amongst the dead

Her parents, Zainu and Maria Deen, said: “It is with great sadness that we can confirm we have been notified by the police that our daughter Zainab Deen died in the tragic Grenfell Tower fire.” Friends have described her as a “beautiful, loving lady”.

Her two-year-old son, Jeremiah, was officially identified as one of the dead by the Met police after originally being listed as missing.

Tragic details from the inquest revealed how the toddler’s remains were found alongside the body of his mother.

Hamid Kani, 61

Twitter Hamid Kani has been confirmed dead

Hamid Kani, 61, died on the 23rd floor.

Relatives of the Iranian tweeted appeals for information about his whereabouts after he vanished but he has since been confirmed dead by police.

His family said: “Hamid will always be remembered for his wit, compassion and devotion to his family and friends. No words can express our sorrow for his loss and the way he left us.”

Nura Jamal, 35, Hashim Kedir, 44, Yahya Hashim, 13, and Firdwas Hashim, 12

PA:Press Association Yahya’s aunt has paid tribute to the teenager

EPA Firdaws Hashim, 12, tragically lost her life in the blaze

PA:Press Association Mum Nura Jemal, 35, has also been named among the dead

EPA Hashim Kedir, 44, also died in the blaze with three other members of the family

The teen was described as a “kind, polite, loving, generous, thankful and pure hearted boy” after he was confirmed as a victim.

Speaking on behalf of the family, Yahya’s aunt said: “Yahya: My most kind, handsome, pure hearted, sweet nephew.

“You were the most kind, polite, loving, generous, thankful and pure hearted boy I ever knew.

She added: “Everyone that met you used to fall in love with your politeness and pure heartedness. You were a perfect example of how a Muslim should be; you would have been a pride to Islam and humanity.”

The heartbreaking statement ended: “Although my ignorant mind couldn’t see anything good or positive about this tormenting tragedy; one tiny thing that gives me some type of comfort now and then is knowing the fact that you were/are together with your family that you loved most. I have no choice but to accept the fact that you are in a better place now.

“I love you to the end and will miss you for ever.”

Yahya’s parents Nura Jamal and Hashim Kedir and his sister Firdaws, 12, have also been identified among the dead.

His brother Yaqub, six, is believed to have been in their apartment close to the top of the tower block when the inferno took hold.

Ali Yawar Jafari, 82

Twitter Ali Yawar Jafari was separated from his family on the 12th floor

Mr Jafari was formally identified by authorities.

His son said he was with his wife and daughter in the lift when it stopped on the 10th floor.

He told the paper: “There was too much smoke and he couldn’t breathe and he got out of the lift and then the doors shut and it didn’t stop again till the ground floor.”

A statement released on behalf of the family said: “Mr Ali Jafari, aged 82, died following being caught up in the fire at Grenfell Tower. Mr Jafari is survived by his wife, children and grandchildren.

“Ali was loved and will be greatly missed by his family and the wider community.”

Marjorie Vital, 68

PA:Press Association Marjorie Vital is another victim of the Grenfell Tower disaster

Marjorie’s family had frantically appealed for information and went from hospital to hospital to find her after she vanished following the blaze.

But she was confirmed as a victim of the devastating tragedy.

Her grieving family said: “Majorie was sixty-eight years old and she had worked in the textile industry for many years.

“She was a beautiful, joyful, independent, intelligent, kind hearted, sensitive individual who dedicated her life to her children.

“She carried herself with dignity and extended her warmth to family and friends.

“Through her creativity and joy of life she was an inspiration to many of us.

“She has been prematurely and dramatically taken from this world and will be sadly missed by family and friends, both here in the UK and abroad.”

Deborah Lamprell, 45

PA:Press Association Deborah Lamprell, 45, was named and described as “a wonderful, precious daughter, always smiling and helping others”

Deborah Lamprell, 45, has also been identified as a victim who lost her life in the blaze..

Deborah’s mum paid tribute in a statement saying: “A wonderful, precious daughter, always smiling and helping others.

“Debbie will be missed by her mum and all who had the privilege to meet her.”

Yasin El Wahabi, 20

PA:Press Association Yasin El Wahabi, 20, has also had his identity released by his grieving family

Yasin El Wahabi was identified among the dead.

In a statement the 20-year-old’s family said: “Yasin was a loveable, bubbly and caring young man.

“He would lend his hand to anyone who asked for help.

“He was loved by so many and his contagious smile will always be etched on our minds and hearts”.

Logan Gomes

Logan was stillborn in hospital in the hours after the fire and police have attributed his death to it.

Andreia Gomes, who escaped her 21st floor flat with her husband and two daughters, was seven months pregnant at the time of the deadly blaze.

She was put in an induced coma and was unaware she had lost her son, who had already been named Logan, until she came round four days later.

A total of 23 people have been formally identified but who have not been named at the request of their families.

What happened in the fire?

A large fire broke out in Grenfell Tower near Latimer Road Tube Station just after 1am on the morning of June 14, 2017, before spreading quickly to cover an area from the second floor to the top floor.

There were 120 homes in the tower block, with at least 350 people thought to be inside when the blaze began. Some were still trapped hours later.

Desperate people trapped inside the large building were heard screaming for help as the fire took hold.

Horrified witnesses said they could see people waving sheets out of the windows as they called to be rescued, with some jumping from the building.

The London Ambulance Service sent 20 crews of 100 medics to the West London tower block.

About 200 firefighters battled the fire, with 40 engines sent to the scene after the emergency services were alerted at 12.54am.

Smoke could be seen filling the sky across West London from miles away hours after the blaze broke out.

Nearby community centres and churches opened up to provide shelter for people evacuated from their homes as firefighters faced the grim task of removing bodies from the gutted tower.

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