Grenfell Inquiry Day 64: KCTMO ‘did Not Replace Faulty Fire Door’

- Nov 08, 2018-

Grenfell Inquiry day 64: KCTMO ‘did not replace faulty fire door’

NEWS02/11/189:00 AMBY NATHANIEL BARKER

The organisation responsible for managing Grenfell Tower failed to replace a tenant’s faulty fire door installed after the building was refurbished, the inquiry into the disaster heard today.

Key points from today’s evidence

  • KCTMO repair worker told tenant front door didn’t need to self-close

  • Resident suggests communal fire alarms would have saved lives on the night

  • Survivors were told by 999 operators: “Get out or die”

  • “Dazed” firefighters ignored couple as they tried to escape

Sener Macit, who was 57 at the time of the fire on 14 June 2017, lived in Flat 133 on the 16th floor of Grenfell Tower with his wife Hanife.

He told the public inquiry that he recalled “several fires” at Grenfell Tower before it was refurbished in 2016 – which “were all contained within the flat” they started in.

In written evidence submitted to the inquiry, Mr Macit said the tower was fitted with fire alarms in its communal areas which would alert residents to fires and allow them to seek firefighters’ advice – but that these did not sound on the night of the fire.

“Had the fire alarms gone off, we would have known that there was a fire in the tower sooner and it may have saved some people’s lives,” he said.