The Grenfell blame game: ‘A merry-go-round of buck-passing’

More than four years after a devastating fire ripped through the Grenfell Tower in London, killing 72 people, the construction companies criticised for their alleged role in the tragedy are pointing fingers in other directions – much to the distress of those who survived the event

Barry J Whyte

Chief Feature Writer @whytebarry
26th September, 2021
The Grenfell blame game: ‘A merry-go-round of buck-passing’
Fire engulfs the 24-storey Grenfell Tower block in Latimer Road, West London in the early hours of June 14, 2017 in London. Seventy-two people lost their lives in the fire. Picture: Getty

At one point on the night of June 14, 2017, as Márcio Gomes doubled back in an attempt to find his family in the blinding, choking smoke of the Grenfell Tower fire, he was struck by the ghastly thought that the fallen bodies he was tripping over were those of his wife and daughters.

It had been just over two hours since Gomes and his wife Andreia Perestrelo, who lived on the 21st floor of...

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