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Grenfell Tower is set to be demolished more than four years after devastating fire killed 72 people

Grenfell Tower is set to be demolished more than four years after devastating fire killed 72 people over fears it poses a safety risk to locals

  • Ministers are set to announce the demolition of Grenfell after a safety report 
  • Robert Jenrick was also warned building poses a particular risk to local school
  • Move could prove controversial to relatives of those who lost their lives in fire 


Grenfell Tower is to be torn more than four years after the fire ripped through the London flats and killed 72 people.

Ministers are reportedly set to announce the demolition of Grenfell Tower, in Kensington, London, after a report claimed it posed a safety risk to the surrounding areas.

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick was also warned that the building poses a particular risk to secondary school Kensington Aldridge Academy which has 1,200 children, The Times reports. 

 Highly-flammable cladding has been blamed for helping the fire spread

Ministers are reportedly set to announce the demolition of Grenfell Tower after a report claimed it posed a safety risk to the surrounding areas

Ministers are reportedly set to announce the demolition of Grenfell Tower after a report claimed it posed a safety risk to the surrounding areas

A report by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) consulting engineer Atkins said the tower ‘should be deconstructed at the earliest possible opportunity, with deconstruction commencing no later than May 2022’.

An MHCLG spokesman said: ‘We know how important and sensitive this decision is and no decision has been taken.

‘Following important independent safety advice from structural engineers, we are engaging closely with the community as we consider the evidence, including the safety concerns raised, and what the future of the Grenfell Tower should be.’ 

But the move could prove controversial to relatives to those who lost their lives in the fire. 

Speaking to The Sunday Times, Nabil, 47, who lost six family members in the blaze, said it ‘represents what happened to them, otherwise people forget what happened’.

Some people on social media agree and believe it should remain standing as a memorial, while others said it should be replaced with another kind of tribute.

One person said: ‘They should not build anything there in its place as it’s a resting place for some … a memorial garden would be the best idea something like the twin towers memorial with everyone’s name who lost their lives at Grenfell.’

Another said: ‘It should be left as it stands, as a symbol of how austerity leads to tragedy. We will remember them.’

Seventy-two people died as a result of the blaze (pictured) at the west London block, after an electrical fault with a fridge-freezer sparked a catastrophic fire on June 14, 2017

Seventy-two people died as a result of the blaze (pictured) at the west London block, after an electrical fault with a fridge-freezer sparked a catastrophic fire on June 14, 2017

The news comes after it was announced this week that BBC Studios have produced a documentary for Channel 4 called Grenfell: The Untold Story

The news comes after it was announced this week that BBC Studios have produced a documentary for Channel 4 called Grenfell: The Untold Story 

But some agreed with the decision, with another adding: ‘The tower should have been torn down years ago.’

The news comes after it was announced this week that BBC Studios have produced a documentary for Channel 4 called Grenfell: The Untold Story.

It will use previously unseen footage to shed new light on the worst residential fire since the Second World War.

Footage comes from a community artist who was filming inside Grenfell Tower throughout its £10million refurbishment in the years before the fire when highly combustible cladding was applied to the outside of the building.

The devastating fire at the Grenfell Tower block in west London in June 2017 claimed 72 lives. Highly-flammable cladding has been blamed for helping the fire spread.

The documentary will be shown on Channel 4 on Wednesday, September 8, at 10pm.

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