Grenfell Tower: Two more victims named as inquests open into deaths


Two more victims have been named as an inquest opened into the deaths of five people killed in the Grenfell Tower blaze.

Married couple Omar Belkadi, 32 and Farah Hamdan, 31 – who lived on the 20th floor with their three children – were the latest to be named among the dead in the inquest at Westminster Coroner’s Court.

Mr Belkadi died from inhaling fire fumes and Mrs Hamdan was killed by smoke inhalation, the court heard.

Their two daughters, Six-year-old Tamzin and eight-year-old Malek, were initially feared dead but were found in hospital by relieved relatives more than 24 hours after the fire.

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Victim: Farah Hamdan, 31, pictured with her baby daughter who is still missing

Their family said on Thursday that one of them was in a coma and the other had been sedated. Their six-month old baby sister is still among the missing.

The court also heard that 39-year-old Abufars Ibrahim, who is believed to have lived on the 23rd floor, died of multiple injuries.

He was reported as being stuck in the flat with his mother, who is in her 70s, and his sister who is 35. It is not believed they escaped.

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Found alive: Little Tamzin Belkadi, six, and her eight-year-old sister Malek

Anthony Disson, a 65-year-old grandfather, died from inhalation of fire fumes.

Mr Disson had reportedly phoned his sons at 3am to say he was trapped in his bathroom. He later told a friend: “Tell my sons that I love them.”

Fifty-two year old Khadija Khalloufi, who was separated from her husband as they tried to escape, also died of from inhalation of fire fumes, the court was told.

Dr Fiona Wilcox, the senior coroner for Westminster, looked tearful at one point during the hearing as she opened and adjourned the inquests.

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Anthony Disson

The coroner offered her condolences to the families and friends of the victims, as well as all those affected by the blaze.

She also thanked the emergency services before Detective Chief Inspector Matt Bonner, from the Metropolitan Police’s homicide and major crime command, outlined the investigation.

Earlier in the day the funeral for 23-year-old Syrian refugee Mohammad Alhajali, who was the first fatality of the disaster to be formally identified by police, was attended by his family and London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

Scotland Yard have also formally identified “talented” artist Ya-Haddy Sisi Saye, also known as Khadija Saye, 24, as one of at least 79 victims who perished in the disaster.

Ms Saye was a friend of Labour MP David Lammy’s, who described her as having done “amazing things”.

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