Grenfell Tower inqury: kitchen fire resident ‘did nothing wrong’ | The Guardian

by Faiz Ahmed last modified 2018-06-06T08:49:04-04:00
"Behailu Kebede, who is originally from Ethiopia and had lived in the tower for 25 years, was woken by a fire alarm. He immediately got up to find smoke coming from behind his Hotpoint fridge freezer. He did not see any flames. “He grabbed his mobile phone and called 999,” said Menon. He had to ring several times before connecting to an operator. At the same time he banged on all his neighbours’ doors on the fourth floor, shouting that there was a fire. “He left the flat barefoot, without his flat or car keys.” ... Stereotypes surrounding council housing should not be reinforced by the inquiry, Thomas stressed. Those who live there were “not helpless, they were just not helped”.
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