The Grenfell Tower inferno might turn out to be the single biggest building insurance payout in European history. Kensington Council’s Norwegian insurers could be faced with a bill for US$1 billion.
Reports last week suggested the fire began when a refrigerator in a fourth floor flat caught fire.
The resident, Ethiopian-born taxi driver Behailu Kebede, rang 999 when he noticed the flames around 12:54 am on Wednesday (June 14).
But BBC’s Panorama documentary, which aired on Monday evening, suggested the initial fridge blaze was extinguished, but as firefighters left the building they noticed the outside of the tower was on fire.
The flames spread rapidly and by 01:15 am had reached the top floor.
Footage has emerged of firefighters racing towards the towering inferno and staring in bewilderment at the blaze. One asks: “How is that possible?” and a colleague says: “How are we going to get into that?”