The youngest victim of the Grenfell Tower fire, Leena Belkadi, was found in her mother’s arms as firefighters searched through the ruins of the fire. This is according to an inquest hearing that took place in Westminster Coroner’s Court.
Her body was found in a stairwell somewhere between the 19th and 20th floor in the 24-floor building. According to the coroner’s officer, Eric Sword, the baby was found in her mother’s arms. The baby’s sister, an 8-year-old named Malak, was recovered from the family’s apartment on the 20th floor. Both sisters died at the hospital due to inhaling the toxic fumes from the fire.
The children’s parents, Farah Hamdan and Omar Belkadi, were also found dead in the fire. The only survivor of the family was the couple’s six-year-old daughter, Tazmin. The tragic news about this family comes just as police revealed that the final death toll won’t be known until a year from now.
Dr. Fiona Wilcox, a Westminster coroner, opened and adjourned an inquest into the deaths of seven people who died in the Grenfell Tower, including the two children who passed away, Leena and Malak. It is unclear how well the sole survivor of this family, Tazmin, is doing at the hospital.
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