U.K. Calls for Major Inquiry Into Cladding After Deadly Tower Fire

The boy, Isaac Paulos, who was identified from his dental records, died from smoke inhalation, the inquest at Westminster Coroner’s Court found. He is among 18 victims to have been formally identified in the fire, the worst in London in decades, and the British police have said that the death toll is likely to rise.


Isaac Paulous

Metropolitan Police

“It can’t really be explained in enough detail how complex an investigation this is in terms of identification, and in terms of recovery of bodies on a dangerous site that my team are not allowed to enter because the building is being shored up,” Dr. Fiona Wilcox, the Westminster coroner, said in a statement on Monday.

Isaac’s family described him as “kind” “energetic” and “generous.”

“He was such a good boy, who was loved by his friends and family,” they said in a written statement. “We will miss him forever, but we know God is looking after him now and that he is safe in heaven.”

His mother, Genet Shawo, told The Times of London that her hand had slipped from her son’s as neighbors tried to lead the family to safety.

Three other victims were identified in the inquest: Mohamednur Tuccu, 44, whose body was recovered outside the building, close to a sports and center; Khadija Saye, 24, and her mother, Mary Mendy, 52, died from “inhalation of fire fumes and burns,” according to a preliminary report.

The blaze that engulfed the Grenfell Tower block on June 14 started with a faulty refrigerator on the fourth floor and spread to the top of the building within minutes. British police officers said the building’s insulation and exterior cladding had failed safety tests conducted by investigators after the fire at Grenfell Tower.

Residents of the building, who had warned for years about fire hazards there, have said the disaster could have…

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