Published May 21, 2018
The Grenfell public inquiry has opened with heartbreaking testimonies from survivors and bereaved relatives.
Parents, siblings, and relatives spoke or provided statements in an emotionally charged opening to the public inquiry.
Sir Martin Moore-Bick, who will chair the inquiry, pledged the survivors’ testimony would be treated as ‘integral evidence’ in proceedings which could run into 2020.
He described Grenfell as the ‘single greatest tragedy to befall (London) since the Second World War.”
Seventy-one people died during the blaze at Grenfell Tower and immediate aftermath, with Maria del Pilar Burton, known as Pily who died seven months after the disaster when she failed to recover from a stroke, recognised as the 72nd victim of the disaster.
The inquiry began at the Millennium Gloucester hotel in Kensington, just three miles from Grenfell.
It is anticipated the first phase of the inquiry will run until the end of October. Evidence will be heard from experts and firefighters before an August break with testimony from survivors and local residents to run from September to October.
A second phase of the inquiry will examine the refurbishments and decisions that led to the fire is expected to begin in November.
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