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To use the term ‘total disbelief’ is not strong enough.
When I came home last week I thought I had turned the TV on to a movie.
But after a few seconds disbelief turned to pain, anger and many more mixed feelings. I was watching the Grenfell Tower fire disaster.
How in this day and age could this happen? As people escaped the flames, firefighters sought their way into the inferno.
Images of the twin towers passed in front of me as I watched. For firefighters making their way through that building, the reality of what was happening around them must have been terrifying.
Now the truth is starting to come to the surface. Senior politicians are saying this fire was preventable. Another line of inquiry taking place is investigating a possible cover-up as it emerged the building fire hazard cladding may be illegal in Britain. I hope Scotland Yard seizes all files relating to the catastrophic doomed building’s £8.6 million refurbishment.
But I have a feeling some files may have vanished already.
If anyone is found guilty of causing this fire or if any official is found to have cut corners in any way, they should be brought to justice and jailed.
To all those left in the aftermath of pain and anger who have suffered the loss of family and friends, my prayers are with you.
Finally, let us hope our emergency services will never be exposed to this kind of incident again.
The only way to do that is by making every attempt to find out if any other buildings are at risk of suffering the same plight and putting things right before we face another apocalypse.