The man who lived in the flat in Grenfell Tower where the fire started did “the right thing from start to finish” and bore no responsibility for the deaths, a public inquiry has heard.
Lawyer Rajiv Menon, representing Behailu Kebede, said that as soon as he saw a fire had broken out, his client immediately called 999 and alerted his flatmates and neighbours. He then fled the building barefoot and clutching his phone as he saw the fire rapidly spread throughout the building.
Menon said his client is a “good man” and “did nothing wrong” in the events that led to the fire, which left 72 people dead.
The details came on the third day of the public inquiry into the fire.
On Tuesday, lawyers representing some of the survivors and bereaved families put the blame for the fire squarely on Kensington Council, which oversaw the refurbishment that they argued turned the building into a “death trap”, as well as the contractors for refusing to say whether the changes to the building were within regulations.