The Continuing Urgency of the Grenfell Tower Inferno


It was a sweltering Saturday in London and the anger hung in the air like the heat. On June 17, hundreds of people gathered at the police cordons in the public housing project of Lancaster West Estate to pay their respects and voice their concerns. Above them loomed the remains of Grenfell Tower, a 24-story apartment building that had housed up to 600 people before a fire ravaged it on June 14, killing at least 79 people by police estimates.

Harrowing details about the tragedy were commonplace. Nigel Clarke, who lives on a street parallel to the building, told TIME that a friend had broken his arms when he caught a baby thrown out of a unit by a desperate mother. Locals were bewildered and incredulous at how this could happen in the borough of Kensington and Chelsea, which has one of the wealthiest populations in theā€¦

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