‘Vis­it­ing my son’s grave is con­stant re­minder of Gren­fell’

The Herald - - NEWS - CATHER­INE WYLIE

THE fa­ther of the youngest vic­tim of the Gren­fell Tower fire has said vis­it­ing his baby son in a ceme­tery is a con­tin­u­ous re­minder of the dis­as­ter.

Lo­gan Gomes was still­born in hos­pi­tal af­ter his mother An­dreia and fa­ther Mar­cio es­caped from the 21st floor with their two young girls.

Mr Gomes, who lived with his fam­ily in flat 183, said his chil­dren “suf­fered an event of such mag­ni­tude” that its im­pact on them “will prob­a­bly scar them for the rest of their lives”.

His wife An­dreia was seven months preg­nant at the time of the fire.

In a writ­ten state­ment to the pub­lic in­quiry into the Gren­fell dis­as­ter, Mr Gomes said: “We lost our son, Lo­gan, who died in hos­pi­tal.

“We had to bury him shortly af­ter. We had been pre­par­ing for a birth, not for a fu­neral.

“Vis­it­ing our pre­cious, baby boy at a ceme­tery is a con­tin­u­ous re­minder of what has hap­pened to our fam­ily, and this will be the last­ing re­minder for the rest of our lives.

“As a fam­ily we have con­stant ups and downs. There are good days and there are bad days.

“Luck­ily, we have been there for each other and sup­port­ing one an­other through those bad days.”

In his state­ment, Mr Gomes said: “This event has had a huge im­pact on my re­la­tion­ship with An­dreia, but thank­fully we have been able to get over the bad months.”

He added: “The psy­cho­log­i­cal ef­fects are on-go­ing, as my daugh­ters re­mem­ber trip­ping over dead and un­con­scious peo­ple as they were com­ing down the stairs.

“Thank­fully, be­cause it was so dark, they could not see who they were trip­ping over but they do still re­mem­ber this.

“I think this is some­thing that will not leave them for some time.

“We do try and speak to each other about the dis­as­ter, as a fam­ily. We do not try and hide any­thing.” Mr Gomes added: “The fire has had a huge im­pact on my fam­ily and on me.

“None of us are ever go­ing to be the same again. Our lives changed in the early hours of the morn­ing of June 14 2017.

“My chil­dren suf­fered an event of such mag­ni­tude and dis­as­ter, that its im­pact on them will prob­a­bly scar them for the rest of their lives.”

A to­tal of 72 peo­ple died as a re­sult of the blaze.

The pub­lic in­quiry is in its first phase at Hol­born Bars in cen­tral Lon­don and is hear­ing ev­i­dence from sur­vivors of the fire and those who lost loved ones.

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