Dundee march to remember Grenfell victims

© PAA woman reads a wall of tributes close to Grenfell Tower in west London.
A woman reads a wall of tributes close to Grenfell Tower in west London.

A silent march will take place in Dundee on Thursday to commemorate the victims of the Grenfell disaster.

Fire tore through the 24-storey block shortly before 1am on June 14 last year. The blaze was caused by a faulty fridge-freezer in the kitchen of a fourth-floor flat.

Although firefighters were able to quickly get that fire under control, flames had reached the outside of the building.

The cladding on the exterior of the building burned and fire spread to the top of the tower block.

Seventy-two people died as a result of the fire and another 70 were injured.

Dundee University Professor Niamh Nic Daéid, director of the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science, has been asked to give evidence to the public inquiry into the disaster. She will also give oral evidence later in the year.

According to her provisional report, the fire is most likely to have started in a Whirlpool fridge freezer in the corner of flat 16 in the block.

She states: “On the basis of the available evidence, it is more likely than not that the area of origin of the fire was in, or around, the tall fridge freezer in the southeast part of the kitchen.

“At this time the area between the tall fridge freezer and the window, which contained currently unknown items, is also included within this area of origin.

“The cause of the fire remains undetermined although, based on the available
information, it is more likely than not to be an accidental cause rather than a
deliberate act.”

However, her report notes forensic analysis of electrical components in the fridge freezer is necessary to determine exactly what went wrong.

The Dundee march will start at 5.30pm at the Robert Burns statue in Albert Square.

It will then proceed down Reform Street to the City Square where there will be a vigil for the victims.

The march has been organised by Dundee Trades Union Council, Fire Brigades Union and the Dundee People’s Assembly.

It has been endorsed by campaign groups Grenfell United and Justice4Grenfell.