A minute’s silence for Grenfell Tower Today, Monday 19 June 11am – Victoria Gardens
The Grenfell Tower fire broke out on 14 June 2017 at the 24-storey Grenfell Tower block of public housing flats in North Kensington, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, West London. It caused 71 deaths, including one stillbirth, and over 70 injuries. Occupants of 23 of the 129 flats died, but 223 people escaped. Inquests for 60 known victims were opened and adjourned at Westminster Coroner’s Court.
The Grenfell Tower Inquiry held its first hearing on 14 September 2017, and evidential hearings started in October. Police and fire services believe the fire started accidentally in a fridge-freezer on the fourth floor. The rapid growth of the fire is thought to have been accelerated by the building’s exterior cladding, which is of a common type in widespread use. An independent review of building regulations and fire safety is in progress.
Along with the rest of the United Kingdom, Leeds will observe a minute’s silence at 11am on Monday 19 June in remembrance of those who lost their lives and all those affected by the fire at Grenfell Tower. This will be prior to the Flag Ceremony for Armed Forces Day, which is also being held on Monday at Victoria Gardens.
As a city, we are very keen to show our support for those who have been involved and affected by the disaster and will be holding a minute silence in Victoria Gardens, close to the war memorial, on the Headrow, at 11am on Monday 19 June. Those wishing to show their support are welcome to attend.