Grenfell Tower Fire Deaths: 58 People Missing And Presumed Dead

The numbers may rise still further.

17/06/2017 15:34 | Updated 17 June 2017
  • Number missing and therefore assumed dead rises to 58; though this may rise 
  • Theresa May said support for those “who needed help or basic information in the initial hours” after the Grenfell Tower disaster “was not good enough”
  • The family of Syrian refugee, first to be confirmed killed, have paid tribute to him
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Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy speaking to the media near Grenfell Tower in west London on Saturday

At least fifty-eight people are missing and presumed dead in the Grenfell Tower disaster, the Metropolitan Police has confirmed.

This figure includes the 30 people already assumed to have lost their lives in the west London tragedy, though the number of those killed may rise still further.

Scotland Yard said 16 people have been recovered to the mortuary so far.

“Sadly at this time there are 58 people who we have been told were in Grenfell Tower on the night that are missing and therefore sadly I have to assume they are dead,” Commander Stuart Cundy told reporters in west London on Saturday.

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Urban Search and Rescue officers have now re-entered Grenfell Tower 

“The fire has been truly horrific, and for me this is just a human tragedy,” Commander Cundy added.

“Yesterday afternoon, following expert advice... we had to pause that search and recovery. I am pleased to say that as of this afternoon, we are now back in Grenfell Tower.

“We’ve worked tirelessly to deal with the huge number of calls to our casualty bureau. Over 6,000 calls have been received into centres up and down the United Kingdom.

“We’ve worked tirelessly to determine the number of people who were in Grenfell Tower on the night and that at this point in time we are unable to say whether they are safe or well.”

Commander Cundy said 52 families were being supported by liaison officers.

The number 58 may change, he added. “There may be other people who were in there on the night, that others were not aware,” he said.

It comes as the family of Syrian refugee Mohammad Alhajali, 23, who is confirmed to have died, said he was a “very amazing and kind person”.

He “came to the UK because he had ambitions and aims for his life and for his family,” they added.

And addressing criticism of the response to the disaster, Prime Minister Theresa May said support for families “who needed help or basic information in the initial hours” after the event “was not good enough”.

Grenfell Tower: The Missing

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  • Deborah Lamprell
    Lamprell, 45, is believed to have lived on the 19th floor. 
  • Ligaya Moore
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    The Philippine Embassy of the UK is appealing for information about Ligaya Moore, 79, who lived on the 21st floor 
  • Maria Del Pilar Burton, 65
    Maria Del Pilar Burton, 65, and her husband Nicholas were caught up in the blaze. Nicholas has regained consciousness and has appealed for help to trace his wife. He is certain she got out of the building. Maria has Alzheimer’s. 
  • Nadia Choucair, 33
    The teaching assistant was in a flat on an upper floor with her husband Bassam, and three daughters, aged 3, 10 and 13. Nadia's mouther Sirria is also missing. 
  • Yasin El-Wahabi, 21 and family
    Yasin El-Wahabi, his sister Nurhuda and their eight-year-old sibling Mehdi are missing along with their parents Abdul, 52 and Fouzia, 42, Otman Boujettif told the Evening Standard. 

    A family member told the newspaper: “We fear they have all been wiped out.” It is believed the family lived on one of the upper floors of the tower.  
  • Hamid Kani, 61
    Iranian Hamid Kani, 61, lived on the 15th floor of the tower block. 
  • Dennis Murphy
    Stevan Racz shared a picture of his uncle Dennis Murphy, saying he called his family saying he was trapped on the 14th floor during the blaze. 
  • Raymond ‘Moses’ Bernard, 65
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    A family friend confirmed to the Press Association that Raymond Bernard, 65, known to his friends as Moses, is missing.

    He had lived in Grenfell Tower since at least 2003. A 53-year-old woman called Karen Bernard is also registered to the same apartment. 
  • Husna Begum, 22, Abdul Hanif, 25
    Husna, her brother Abdul Hanif , their sibling Abdul Hamid, 28, mother Rabiya Begum and grandfather Komru Miah, 90, are missing 
  • Sheila Smith, 84
    Adam Smith tweeted that his mother Sheila, aged 84, who lived on the 16th floor is missing. 
  • Isaac Shawo, 5
    Isaac became separated from his parents and little brother as the family tried to leave the building.

    His mother Genet Shawo told the Evening Standard: “I will not fear the worst, I am hoping and praying for him. He is a beautiful boy. He told us during the fire that he didn’t want us to die.”
  • Marjorie Vital, 67 and Ernie Vital, 43
    Marjorie and Ernie Vital, from the Dominican Republic, have lived on the 16th floor for more than 20 years. They have not been seen since the fire.  
  • Zainab Dean, 32, Jeremiah Dean, 2
    Francis Dean, 47, said his sister Zainab told him by telephone she had been told to stay in her 14th floor flat with her two-year-old son Jeremiah by firefighters. 

    Francis told the Telegraph he had not heard from her since and that he fears the worst. 
  • Noora Jamal and family
    Noora, along with her husband  Hashim Kidir and their children Firdaws Kidir, 11, Yahya Kidir, 13 and Yaqub Kidir, 6, are missing. 

    Hibo Yussuf told the Telegraph her friend Noora Jamal called one of her friends at around 2am and said: “Forgive me, the fire is here, I’m dying.” Yussuf added: “We’ve heard that Nora’s daughter is in hospital but hasn’t been able to get hold of her mum. Now we don’t know where she is or if she’s dead or alive.” 
  • Lucas James, 12
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    A 16-year-old girl told the Telegraph she feared her younger brother may have been staying with a friend on the 17th floor of the block. 

    The teenager, who lived with her mother on the eight floor, said: “We cannot find him, we have been going around hospitals.”
  • Steven Power, 63
  • Farah Hamden, 23, Leena Belkadi, 6 months
    Farah Hamden, her husband Omar Belkadi and their six-month-old daughter Leena are reportedly missing.

    The couple’s daughters Tazmin, 6, and Malek, 8, are recovering in hospital after being rescued from close to the top of the tower. Family relative Adel Chaoui told the Telegraph one of the children is a coma and the other is sedated. 
  • Mary Mendy, 53
    Mendy is the mother of artist Khadija Saye, thought to have died in the blaze,  and is registered as having lived in on the 17th floor of the building for at least 20 years. 
  • Rania Ibrham, 30
    Facebook/ Rania Ibrham
    The mother-of-two sent a message to a friend begging for help but neither she nor her children aged five and three have been seen since the blaze.

    A Facebook Live video was posted on her account that revealed her fearfully venturing into the hallway and urging other residents to come into her apartment for safety. She can be heard murmuring frantic prayers throughout and is heard to say (in Arabic): “There’s fire and smoke from beneath and above. See all the smoke above us.” 

    Ibrham, whose position on her Facebook page is listed as executive director at a Saudi Arabian charity, can be heard uttering reassurances to her family but also asking how they are supposed to get out of the building. 
  • Mariem Elgwahry, 27
    Mariem Elgwahry, 27, was on the 19th floor of the building and has been missing since news of the blaze broke. Her mother, Suhar, is also unaccounted for. 
  • Briti Habtom, 35 and her son Briuk, 12
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  • Mohamed ‘Saber’ Neda, 57
    Neda’s family say he urged his wife Shakila, 45 and son Farhad, 24, to flee the blaze, but was unable to join them because he was injured. He was last seen on the stairwell injured and helping neighbours. He and his family lived in a top floor flat. 
  • Ali Yawar Jafari, 82
    The pensioner has been confirmed as missing by his family. He lived on the 11th floor of the building. He has a heart condition and had difficulty walking. 
  • Mohamednur Tuccu, 44
    Red Consultancy
    Eritrean Mohamednur ‘Mo’ Tuccu is missing along with his wife Amalahmedin and their three-year-old daughter. PR firm Red Consultancy tweeted that Tuccu, a colleague, had been visiting relatives on the 19th floor at Grenfell Tower when the fire occurred.
  • Hesham Rahman, 57
    Twitter user Noha posted a picture of her brother, adding he was living in a 20th floor flat. “He is still missing, please share,” she asked. 
  • Jessie Urbano, 12
    Ana Ospina tweeted: “My 12-year-old niece Jessie has become separated from her family in the #GrenfellTower fire please if you see her get in touch ASAP.”

    Another Twitter user named Sandra who purports to be the girl’s other aunt, tweeted a picture of her, asking for her to be sent to the Harrow Centre “where the family are waiting for her.”

    Urbano’s sister Melanie says the family received a call at 4am from someone claiming to have seen the teenager being put into an ambulance, but have not been able to confirm this despite calls to all of London’s hospitals. 
  • Marco Gottardi, 27, and Gloria Trevisan, 27
    Facebook/ Pamela Pizziolo
    Pamela Pizziolo has appealed for information about her cousin Marco and his girlfriend, who lived on the 23rd floor of the Grenfell Tower. She posted on Facebook: “I’m praying to God they make it out safely.”
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