The leader of an inquiry into the blaze at Grenfell Tower has vowed to “provide answers”, after the fire claimed the lives of at least 80 people.
Sir Martin Moore-Bick told the first hearing the disaster was a “tragedy unprecedented in modern times”, adding he was “acutely aware that so many people died.”
“Many of those who survived have been severely affected,” he added. “We are also conscious that many have lost everything.
“We cannot undo any of it”
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“The inquiry cannot undo any of that, but it can and will provide answers to how a disaster of this kind could happen in 21st Century London”.
However, he dismissed calls from the local community to appoint a representative from Grenfell, saying it would “risk undermining impartiality”.
It can and will provide answers to how a disaster of this kind could happen in 21st Century London
Addressing the anger from this community, Moore-Bick stated he would “not shrink” from making recommendations based on his findings “simply because someone else may consider that they form the basis of civil or criminal liability”.
The investigation will have two parts – firstly establishing how the fire developed, then looking at the factors that allowed the building to become a high risk for such a blaze.
He said he hopes the findings of this inquiry, which will not review cultural factors for the disaster, will help the community find “solace”.
So, What Do I Need to Know?
The Grenfell Tower fire has been one of the most complex human rights issues this year, as well as unprecedented national disaster.
To help you make sense of the inquiry, here’s all the background:
- Will the Grenfell Tower Fire Lead to a Full Investigation?
- How The Grenfell Tower Fire is a Business and Human Rights Issue
- Are Human Rights Only For The Rich?
- Ensuring Access to Justice for the Victims of the Grenfell Tower Fire
- From Hillsborough to Grenfell: Will a New Public Advocate Help Bereaved Families Get Justice?