London, June 16: British Prime Minister Theresa May has ordered a full public inquiry into the fire that engulfed a west London block of flats, killing at least 17 people. The Prime Minister said people deserve answers as to why the fire spread so rapidly.
London Police also said an investigation had been launched by them to determine whether the blaze involved any crimes. The death toll is expected to rise, as fire chiefs do not expect to find any more survivors.
Meanwhile, the first victim has been named by the Syria Solidarity Campaign as Syrian refugee Mohammed Alhajali. Six more victims of the blaze have been provisionally identified.
Mohammed had spent two hours talking to a friend on phone in Syria. He had been trying to get through to his family while he was waiting to be rescued. At last, Mohammed bid his friend goodbye and asked him to pass on a message to his family. Mohammed escaped from Syria’s war and bloodshed to live peacefully in UK.
At least 17 people were killed as flames raced through the 24-story Grenfell Tower early Wednesday, trapping people inside their apartments. Many people remained unaccounted for and officials were not sure exactly how many were missing.