first vic­tim iden­ti­fied as safety con­cerns grow

Metro Canada (Toronto) - - WORLD -

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?’”

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