Grenfell Tower fire: 49 victims formally identified, says Met Police

At least 80 people died when flames engulfed the west London high rise, trapping residents inside

Lucy Pasha-Robinson
Tuesday 08 August 2017 13:06
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Recovery efforts are ongoing at the site of the fire in west London
Recovery efforts are ongoing at the site of the fire in west London

The remains of 49 of the Grenfell Tower fire victims have now been formally identified, according to the Metropolitan Police.

At least 80 people died when the north Kensington high rise went up in flames in June.

The latest victim to be identified was Deborah Lamprell, a 45-year-old woman whose family said was “always smiling and helping others”.

Of those who have been formally identified, 25 have not been named at the request of their families.

Recovery efforts are still ongoing at the site of the blaze in west London.

Possessions from 33 flats in the 24-storey block were being retrieved last week to return to survivors.

Meanwhile, the majority of the survivors remain in temporary accommodation.

The Government’s Grenfell Response Team (GRT) said it had made 175 offers of accommodation to those affected by the blaze, but just 47 have been accepted and 13 households rehoused.

The GRT said it was dealing with “severely traumatised” people and did not want to rush anyone into making a decision.

But Justice4Grenfell (J4G) said the “stark” figures were “testament to the continuing misery” of the survivors.

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