Aritst Khadija Saye named as one of four more victims of Grenfell Tower disaster


Police have named four more people who died in the Grenfell Tower blaze including an artist, a grandfather and a woman who was separated from her husband as they tried to flee the disaster.

The names were announced after Scotland Yard revealed the number of people believed to have been killed in the fire had risen to 79.

Among those who lost their lives in the devastating Notting Hill blaze was 65-year-old grandfather Anthony Disson.

Mr Disson had reportedly phoned his sons at 3am to say he was trapped in his bathroom.

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Tributes: Anthony Disson

He later told a friend: “Tell my sons that I love them.”

In a statement, Mr Disson’s family said: “Our family are devastated at receiving the news that Tony sadly did not survive the fire at Grenfell Tower.

“Tony leaves behind a large family, his wife, sons and grandchildren, including one grandchild he will never get to meet.

“We miss him terribly, and are pulling together as a family and trying to stay strong under these tragic circumstances.”

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Victim: Khadija Khalloufi (Met Police)

Artist Khadija Saye, 39-year-old Abufars Ibrahim and Khadija Khalloufi, 52, who was separated from her husband Sabah Abdullah as they tried to escape, were also confirmed as having lost their lives in the tragedy.

A 23-year-old man, Mohammad Alhajali has already been formally identified as a victim of the fire.

London MP David Lammy paid an emotional and angry tribute to his friend 24-year-old Ms Saye at the weekend.

He said: “This is a tale of two cities. This is what Dickens was writing about in the century before the last, and it’s still here in 2017. It’s the face of the poorest and the most vulnerable.

Grenfell fire death toll climbs to 79

“My friend who lost her life was a talented artist, but she was a young, black woman making her way in this country and she absolutely had no power, or locus, or agency. She had not yet achieved that in her life.

“She’d done amazing things: gone to university, the best in her life. But she’s died with her mother on the 22nd floor of a building. And it breaks my heart that that’s happening in Britain in 2017. Breaks my heart.”

Speaking on Monday, Commander Stuart Cundy said that at least 79 people were either dead or missing and presumed dead.

He said: “I have specially trained family liaison officers that are supporting all those families affected at this truly difficult time.

“The terrible reality of the fire that night means that we are supporting some people who may have lost a number of members of their family on that night.

“We will give them every possible support at this truly difficult time. Clearly, our family liaison officers will be doing that with the utmost compassion and dignity.”

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