Student who survived Grenfell: ‘We could see people screaming for help’
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A London student who survived the Grenfell Tower fire has revealed how he is still living in a Holiday Inn four months later.
Tiago Alves, who is in his third year of a physics degree at King’s College London, escaped from the 13th floor with his parents and 16-year-old sister on the night of 14th June.
Speaking to The Tab, Tiago revealed how after leaving the building and waiting in a friend’s house nearby, his family “could see people waving white sheets and torches from their windows and screaming for help.”
He added that the police told him they had no way to reach everyone.
The student, who was preparing to move in with friends before the fire, says that his plans changed in light of the fire and that he’ll now stay in the Holiday Inn indefinitely as support for his parents.
The family is still in discussion over transferring the mortgage from their Grenfell Tower flat, which they had owned for 16 years, to another property, he said.
He also spoke about how Theresa May’s promise that survivors would be rehoused within three weeks originally gave his family hope that they wouldn’t need to move into the hotel at all.
The rumours that survivors would be given luxury flats in Kensington, was “not true”, he added.
The Grenfell Tower fire killed at least 80 people, although a definitive number is not expected until the end of the year.
Read the full interview here.