18 children died in Grenfell Tower blaze

At least 18 children died in the Grenfell Tower fire, more than half of them under the age of 11, the latest inquests have revealed.


The most recent victims to be identified include two sisters, two three-year-old girls, a boy aged six, a teenager and a woman in her 30s.

Several of those identified were siblings, with the fire wiping out complete families – and Wednesday’s inquests confirmed the deaths of several families’ remaining missing members.

Senior Coroner Dr Fiona Wilcox told Westminster Coroner’s Court, which was packed with victims’ relatives: “We hopefully now only have a handful of formal identifications to make.

“I have identified 67 different victims of this fire.

“Many sadly today were young children who died.

“I have opened and adjourned and suspended the inquests of all 67.”

In addition, baby Logan Gomes, who was stillborn in hospital on June 14, was recorded as a victim of the fire by police.

“I hope that has managed to bring some relief to the families who have been anxiously awaiting the return of their children to them,” Dr Wilcox said, adding children on the missing list had been accounted for and identified.

The ages of the fire’s known victims span more than 80 years, from baby Logan to 84-year-old Sheila, formerly known as Sheila Smith.

The provisional cause of death for all seven of the latest victims was “consistent with the effects of fire”, the inquest heard.

The remains of three-year-old Zainab Choucair were recovered from the 22nd floor where she lived with her family, coroner’s officer Eric Sword said.