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Grenfell Tower fire 100 days on: What needs to be done to ensure west London's darkest day never happens again

Getwestlondon has gathered unique insight from survivors, responders and politicians on the fire and what needs to happen next

Friday September 22 marks 100 days since the Grenfell Tower fire which devastated a vibrant west London community and claimed at least 80 lives.

The fire not only destroyed a building which was home to an estimated 350 people, but also highlighted widespread political and societal issues.

Getwestlondon has spoken with the people at the centre of the disaster, from survivors and and their family members to first responders and politicians including Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and leader of Kensington and Chelsea Borough Council, Elizabeth Campbell, about the events of Wednesday, June 14 and the aftermath.

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The result is this unique feature which looks back over the last 100 days and addresses what concerns remain from the community and political leaders.

As residents of the tower continue to live in temporary accommodation and hotel rooms and the cause of the fire is investigated, we look to the future to find out what needs to be done?

"We've got to make sure that we uncover the truth about what happened and we make sure that those responsible are brought to book and justice happens" said Sadiq Khan.

"But we need to make sure that never, never again, a fire in a tower block leads to these circumstances.

 

"I'm worried about if we can keep London as safe as we possibly can, not just from crime but from a future fire."

 

 

A controversial public inquiry into the events at Grenfell Tower has been launched by Prime Minister Theresa May, but many of those affected think its scope does not go far enough.

Getwestlondon has also spoken with the new leader of Kensington and Chelsea council on how the local authority can possibly rebuild a positive future for the borough's poorest residents after the international humiliation and condemnation the council received.

The criminal investigation into the fire is currently Metropolitan Police's largest non-terrorism related investigation and Scotland Yard officials have made it clear they may pursue individual manslaughter charges in the case.

To remember those lost, hear from survivors and politicians or see what needs to be done to prevent such a disaster from happening again, click to read out feature here.

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