London Grenfell Tower disaster survivors speak

This video from London, England says about itself:

Protest Against Theresa May: Pilgrim Tucker From Grenfell Action Group & UNITE

20 June 2017

After the events of the election and Theresa May’s shameful coalition with the DUP – who are known bigots and anti women’s rights as well as sympathising with Loyalist terrorists in Northern Ireland- we CANNOT roll over and admit defeat. We have to let May and her cronies know that this is not OK and we aren’t going to quite simply accept it. Corbyn has started a movement and it doesn’t end here. We carry on fighting. We took our voices to London and let May know we oppose her and everything she stands for every step of the way.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Six weeks on from Grenfell and we’re still living in a nightmare

Friday 28th July 2017

A GRENFELL Tower survivor who escaped from the 19th floor of the inferno accused Kensington and Chelsea Council yesterday of treating victims like the “undeserving poor.”

Nicholas Burton, who had lived in the block since 1984, was rescued along with his sick wife by firefighters around two-and-a-half-hours after the blaze began. But six weeks on, he is living in a hotel room, while his wife remains in hospital.

The 50-year-old hit out at the council’s “undignified” response and demanded it temporarily acquire empty flats within the area.

The former catering manager said: “The truth is that most of the people in the tower were professional people,” Mr Burton said.

“They worked all their lives. There’s leaseholders, people who bought their flats, people from all sorts of backgrounds and ethnicity, but they still treat us as master and servant.

“I’ve been round to all the estate agents. There’s thousands of flats and houses in the Royal Borough. But we’re the undeserving, they are not going to put their hand in their pocket and get us a short-term lease for six months.”

Mr Burton is still plagued by respiratory problems, suffering from a persistent cough and episodes of fainting after the tragedy that left at least 80 dead in the 24-storey block. The total horrifying death toll won’t be known until at least the end of the year, authorities have said.

Mr Burton said: “When the fire brigade got me out, I just looked back once and that one vision will stay in my brain forever.”

11 thoughts on “London Grenfell Tower disaster survivors speak

  1. Friday 28th July 2016

    posted by Morning Star in Britain

    HUNDREDS of tower blocks across England have fire safety flaws, an investigation published today reveals.

    Fire-risk assessments at 436 social housing blocks found that nearly a third, 268, had damaged fire doors, the Inside Housing study found.

    The trade magazine also found 71 blocks across the country lacked emergency lighting in stairwells or communal areas.

    And at 73 buildings, residents were either offered no safety information for fires or it was unclear or incorrect.

    Holes in the walls of service rooms were also found at 109 high-rises that could cause fire and smoke to spread more easily.

    The figures, from 2012 to July 2017, were obtained by freedom of information requests to 36 councils or arms-length management organisations and seven housing associations.

    There are around 4,000 tower blocks across England at which there is no legal requirement for those managing the buildings to carry out the fire-safety assessments within a specific time-frame.

    But fire experts recommend annual checks.


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