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Every day the Grenfell Tower Inquiry sits, Eddie Mair and reporter Sangita Myska analyse and explain the evidence heard.

Every day the Grenfell Tower Inquiry sits, Eddie Mair and reporter Sangita Myska analyse and explain the evidence heard.
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Every day the Grenfell Tower Inquiry sits, Eddie Mair and reporter Sangita Myska analyse and explain the evidence heard.

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107 Closing Statements: Day 3

12/12/2018
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The final day of hearings for Phase 1. The Tenant Management Organisation, which ran Grenfell Tower, acknowledged that the external cladding created an unprecedented fire. Companies which supplied products used during the refurbishment also submitted written statements. Producer Kate Lamble Researcher Olivia Beazley Contact us via email: grenfellpodcast@bbc.co.uk

Duration:00:31:43

106 Closing Statements: Day 2

12/11/2018
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Lawyers for survivors called for the stay-put advice to be changed to get out. Counsel for the tenant in flat 16 where the fire started said the inquiry should conclude the fire was accidental. He urged the inquiry not to use firefighters as sacrificial lambs. Producer Kate Lamble Researcher Olivia Beazley Contact us via email: grenfellpodcast@bbc.co.uk

Duration:00:26:07

105 Closing Statements: Day 1

12/10/2018
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The London Fire Brigade acknowledges it was overwhelmed on the night of the fire. Lawyers for the bereaved, survivors and residents criticise the fire brigade’s response and argue the tower didn’t meet building regulations. Producer Kate Lamble Researcher Olivia Beazley Contact us via email: grenfellpodcast@bbc.co.uk

Duration:00:37:45

104 Bereaved, Survivors and Residents: Written statements

12/3/2018
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Today the inquiry heard evidence from the written statements given by the bereaved, survivors and residents of Grenfell. These included accounts from Emmanuella Desaro whose daughter Gloria Trevisan died on the top floor of Grenfell Tower, and Adriana Ramirez, the mother of 12-year-old Jessica Urbano Ramirez, who went up the tower to try to escape the fire. Witness statements from residents who were evacuated from their homes in the wider Lancaster West Estate were also read out. Producers...

Duration:00:30:09

103 Expert Witness: Professor David Purser

11/29/2018
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Expert witness Professor David Purser believes people are more likely to have died from smoke inhalation than from exposure to heat and flames. During a presentation to the inquiry Professor Purser explained how irritants and gases in the smoke would have affected residents and impeded their escape. Producers Elisabeth Mahy and Kate Lamble Researcher Olivia Beazley Contact us via email: grenfellpodcast@bbc.co.uk

Duration:00:19:17

102 Expert Witness: Professor Niamh Nic Daeid

11/28/2018
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Forensic Scientist, Niamh Nic Daeid, agreed that the fire started in the fridge freezer in Flat 16. She told the inquiry she’s certain it was an accident. The Inquiry also released statements from the London Fire Brigade, the local council and the government about what changes they have made since the fire at Grenfell Tower. Producers Elisabeth Mahy and Kate Lamble Researcher Olivia Beazley Contact us via email: grenfellpodcast@bbc.co.uk

Duration:00:15:36

101 Expert Witness: Dr Duncan Glover

11/27/2018
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Electrical expert Dr Duncan Glover told the inquiry it’s likely the fire started when the wiring in a fridge freezer in Flat 16 overheated. He explained how a small piece of wire, discovered in a bedroom 27 days after the fire, led him to this conclusion. Producers Elisabeth Mahy and Kate Lamble Researcher Olivia Beazley Contact us via email: grenfellpodcast@bbc.co.uk

Duration:00:15:50

100 Nicholas Burton

11/26/2018
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Nicholas Burton lived in flat 165 on the 19th floor of Grenfell Tower with his wife, Pily, and their dog. In an extended interview with Eddie Mair, Nicholas talks about life at Grenfell before the fire and how he had to give up work to care for his wife who developed dementia. He describes the night of the fire and the impact it has had on him. Contact us via email: grenfellpodcast@bbc.co.uk

Duration:00:52:30

99 Expert Witness: Dr Barbara Lane

11/26/2018
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Dr. Barbara Lane returned to give a second day of evidence. This time she focusses on fire prevention and safety measures in place inside Grenfell Tower on the night of the fire. The inquiry heard how flat doors did not meet safety regulations, and how firefighters were unable to take control of the lifts. Listen to the full story here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p066rd9t Producer Elisabeth Mahy Researcher Olivia Beazley Contact us via email: grenfellpodcast@bbc.co.uk

Duration:00:22:13

98 The Control Room Operators

11/23/2018
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The inquiry heard from Call Room Operators Yvonne Adams, Christine Howson and Heidi Fox. Yvonne Adams took a call from a woman trapped on the 14th floor who pleaded with her to send for help. Christine Howson said it was so noisy in the control room that she found it difficult to hear callers. Listen to the full story here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p066rd9t Producer Elisabeth Mahy Researcher Olivia Beazley Contact us via email: grenfellpodcast@bbc.co.uk

Duration:00:22:13

97 Expert Witness: Dr Barbara Lane

11/22/2018
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The inquiry heard from expert witness Dr Barbara Lane, a specialist in fire engineering. Her 2,000 page-long report focuses on the fire prevention and safety measures in place on the night of the fire, and to what extent these measures failed to control its spread. Dr Lane told the inquiry that parts of the external cladding did not meet required safety standards. Producer Kate Lamble and Elisabeth Mahy Researcher Olivia Beazley Contact us via email: grenfellpodcast@bbc.co.uk

Duration:00:17:41

96 Expert Witness: Professor Luke Bisby

11/21/2018
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Expert witness Professor Luke Bisby explained how the fire spread. He told the inquiry that advice for residents to stay in their flats in the event of a fire should have been scrapped as soon as combustible cladding was fitted to the tower. Producer Kate Lamble and Elisabeth Mahy Researcher Olivia Beazley Contact us via email: grenfellpodcast@bbc.co.uk

Duration:00:20:31

95 Expert Witness: Professor José Torero

11/20/2018
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The inquiry hears from Expert Witnesses. Fire safety expert Professor José Torero described how compartmentation in the building failed, and how materials in the external cladding may have contributed to the vertical spread of the fire. Producer Kate Lamble Researcher Olivia Beazley Contact us via email: grenfellpodcast@bbc.co.uk

Duration:00:27:24

94 The Control Room Officers

11/19/2018
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Sarah Russell had been working as a Control Room Officer for only 9 months before the Grenfell Tower fire. The inquiry heard how she spent almost an hour on the phone with 12 year old Jessica Urbano Ramirez who died on the 23rd floor. The London control room was unable to handle all of the 999 calls made on the night of the fire. Control room officers from Surrey, Kent, and Essex Fire and Rescue Services who helped answer overflow calls also gave evidence. Producers Kate Lamble Researcher...

Duration:00:28:55

93 The Tenant Management Organisation

11/16/2018
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The inquiry heard evidence from senior officials in the tenant management organisation which ran the tower. Graham Webb was responsible for repairs inside the building. Hash Chamchoun was Head of Supported Housing. Both were present at Grenfell on the night of the fire. The inquiry also heard from Teresa Brown, who was Director of Housing in June 2017. She described how on the night she gathered information about survivors and residents reported missing. Producers Kate Lamble and Elisabeth...

Duration:00:18:37

92 The council and the Tenant Management Organisation

11/15/2018
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The inquiry heard from Nickolas Leyton and Michael Rumble, officials from the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council. They both were present at the scene on the night of the fire. Robert Black was chief executive of the council’s tenant management organisation at the time of the fire. He told the inquiry that he remembered very little from events on the night, saying he was “a spare part”. Producers Kate Lamble and Elisabeth Mahy Researcher Olivia Beazley Contact us via email:...

Duration:00:24:35

91 The gas supply company

11/14/2018
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The inquiry hears how the gas supply to Grenfell wasn’t disconnected until 23.40. Jason Allday from Cadent told the inquiry that gas contributed to the fire at Grenfell. He spent 24 hours at the scene cutting the supply. The enquiry also heard 23 written statements submitted by witnesses whose relatives died in the fire. Producers Kate Lamble and Elisabeth Mahy Researcher Olivia Beazley Contact us via email: grenfellpodcast@bbc.co.uk

Duration:00:26:11

90 The Police and Ambulance Service

11/13/2018
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The inquiry heard how the Metropolitan Police and London Ambulance Service struggled to give advice to residents trapped in the tower who had called 999. Neil Jerome, told the inquiry he didn’t know why the change in stay put advice wasn’t communicated to the police. Paul Woodrow, the director of operations for the London Ambulance Service explained why paramedics did not enter the tower. Producers Kate Lamble and Elisabeth Mahy Researcher Olivia Beazley Contact us via email:...

Duration:00:28:45

89 Inspector Thatcher and Commander Jerome

11/12/2018
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Today the inquiry heard from the two most senior police officers to attend the fire. Inspector Nicholas Thatcher declared the fire a Major Incident shortly before arriving at the scene. Today he told the inquiry how he was afraid the tower would collapse onto members of the public watching from the ground. Commander Neil Jerome, chief officer on-call in London on the night of the fire, also gave evidence. Producers Kate Lamble and Elisabeth Mahy Researcher Olivia Beazley Contact us via...

Duration:00:26:00

88 The Bereaved, Survivors and Residents

11/12/2018
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The inquiry heard five weeks of evidence from the bereaved, survivors and residents of Grenfell Tower. Thirty-five witnesses gave evidence in person. One hundred and forty written statements have been read-in and published. In this edition of the podcast Eddie Mair pieces together some of the issues that have come up. Producer Olivia Beazley Contact us via email: grenfellpodcast@bbc.co.uk

Duration:00:14:05