A police inspector who was a first responder the morning of the fatal Grenfell Tower fire has spoken out about what he witnessed while at the scene of the tragedy.
Friday July 14 marks a month since the blaze , and Nick Thatcher has spoken of how he was inspired by people on the ground helping each other and reflected on teamwork on a scale he has never seen before.
Initially he explained how he could see members of the public just looking up at the inferno saying: "There was so much debris, it was almost like the building was melting.
"There was a whole range of human emotion, people in absolute anguish, being torn apart, watching their loved ones who were in the tower.
"People who just wanted to help, but didn't know what they needed to do."
The acting inspector goes on to describe how he witnessed a change in the way people were reacting to what was going on.
He said: "They started to help each other, to console each other, to look after each other and that was a real turning point, when instead of looking at the fire and looking at the problem, they started looking at what they could do for help, and that was inspiring."
"I wish we could have done more but you can just do your best"
Not only were members of the public doing all they could to help, the emergency services were of course also there in vast numbers and for acting inspector Thatcher, it was teamwork like none he has ever witnessed.
He said: "It's the finest example of teamwork that I have every seen and that's right across all the emergency services."
"Everyone worked together and just did the best they could," he added.
Reflecting on the events, he concludes: "I wish we could have done more but you can just do your best."
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