When was the Grenfell Tower fire and how did it start?

Grenfell Tower in London, covered up after the 2017 fire

Today people remember the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire (Image: PA)

Today (Tuesday 14 June) marks another year since the devastating events Fire in Grenfell Tower.

A terrible fire tore through the North Kensington tower block, claiming the lives of 72 people, with 233 residents being rescued or forced to evacuate their homes.

The tragedy also impacted countless neighbors, communities, families and friends – with many years still trying due to the ongoing public and criminal investigations.

But when did the tragic incident occur and what triggered the fatal fire in the first place?

Here’s everything you need to know.

When was the Grenfell Tower fire?

The Grenfell Tower fire started just before 1am on Wednesday 14 June 2017.

The Grenfell Tower fire in 2017

The 2017 Grenfell fire is one of the worst tragedies in recent history (Image: DANIEL LEAL/AFP via Getty)

Fire engines arrived shortly after this time. Within two hours, the fire had spread to all four sides of the 23-story tower.

Residents were originally advised to “stay in” their apartments under the fire safety guideline for residential buildings over 80ft tall, but that advice was abandoned at 2.47am, too late for many.

The remains of Grenfell Tower after the fatal fire (Image: TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images)

This policy, first introduced in the early 1960s, should have been abandoned sooner as the fire was not confined to a specific dwelling, where advice normally applies.

By 4:30 a.m., the entire tower was completely ablaze.

According to the BBC, the fire lasted just over 24 hours and burned out at 1.17am on Thursday 15 June 2017.

How did the Grenfell Tower fire start?

The fire started in an apartment on the fourth floor, caused by a Hotpoint fridge-freezer.

Flames started in the kitchen of Apartment 16 and soon spread to the outside of the building through the kitchen window.

An unsafe cladding of the building was to blame for the fire spreading so quickly.

Highly flammable aluminum composite (ACM) skins – which had polyethylene-core panels – were identified as the “leading cause” for the spread in Part 1 of the 2019 Grenfell investigation.

A number of other avoidable design flaws also contributed to the disaster, including the kitchen window in Apartment 16, which turned out to be faulty.

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MORE: ‘Lack of justice five years after Grenfell is torture,’ says man who lost his uncle

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