Grenfell Tower: Survivor from 20th floor reveals how she escaped

Grenfell Tower: Survivor from 20th floor reveals how she escaped

A memorial service took place at St Paul's Cathedral

Thursday, December 14, 2017

A woman has told how she "miraculously" escaped the Grenfell Tower fire from the 20th floor of the building. 

A memorial service took place at St Paul's Cathedral today in rememberance of those who died in the Grenfell Tower fire. The multi-faith service was attended by survivors, families and friends of those who died as well as political leaders and members of the Royal Family.

talkRADIO reporter Lisa O'Sullivan spoke to a woman named Emma who lived on the 20th floor and somehow managed to get out.

She said on that night "we went to bed as usual, then the fire engines turned up, then we went back to sleep. Then the other two fire engines turned up as well".

Emma said she was able to escape "miraculously" by using the lift before the fire started moving up the tower.

The woman also explained that she is still living in a hotel with her partner, which is "not very acceptable" and when asked how she's coping she said she's "leaning on my partner so that’s all really, that’s all I can do."

Emma described the memorial service as "emotional" and said it was about the young children and adults who have lost loved ones "not about politicians."

Lisa also asked what she'd want for Christmas if it was possible and the woman said "we wouldn’t get what we want for Christmas, it’s just all the people to be, respectively, to still be here but we can’t have that so just to remember them really."

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