first victim identified as safety concerns grow
One of the first victims of the Grenfell Tower fire was identified — Mohammed Alhaj Ali, a 23-year-old Syrian refugee studying in London and hoping to return to help his war-torn country.
Fears grew for others, such as Bassem Choukeir, his wife Nadia, her Mohammed Alhaj mother Ali Sariyya and the couple’s three daughters Mirna, Fatmeh and Zaynab. They lived on the 22nd floor, and the Lebanese Embassy has listed them as missing.
Authorities have refused to speculate on what could have started the blaze. But the focus has turned to renovations completed last year that added decorative touches to the building.
“Some very hard questions have to be asked, and some very hard questions must be answered,” Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said. “Every single person that lives in a high rise apartment today is going to be thinking, ‘How safe am I?’”