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The man who lived in the flat in which the Grenfell Tower fire started did "the right thing from start to finish", a public inquiry has heard.Lawyer Rajiv Menon said his client, Behailu Kebede, called 999 and alerted his flatmates and fourth-floor neighbours as soon as he saw smoke.Barefoot and clutching his phone, he then left the building and watched in horror as the fire spread up the tower.Mr Menon said the fire was accidental and Mr Kebede bore no responsibility."He is a good man. He did nothing wrong," said Mr Menon.
Ethiopian-born Mr Kebede, who had lived in the block for 25 years, desperately wanted to do more to help his neighbours and friends, the inquiry heard. "But what else could he doLater that morning Mr Kebede went straight to the police station to be interviewed after the police called him, the inquiry heard.Mr Menon said it was important to stress Mr Hebede was a significant witness in the police investigation - not a criminal suspect.
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'Nasty lies' told about man who discovered fire in his flat
He accused parts of the media of peddling a "nasty lie" that Mr Kebede had packed a suitcase on his way out, and said that, in the days after the fire, Mr Kebede was harassed by journalists offering large sums of money for his story.This came as Mr Kebede was trying to comprehend the "enormity of the fire" and cope with distress, trauma, insomnia and allay feelings of guilt, the inquiry was told.In the year since, Mr Kebede has suffered with poor health, been forced to move home and police have even suggested placing him under witness protection, the inquiry heard.
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Mr Menon went on to say that the Hotpoint fridge freezer, thought to be a likely source of the fire, was bought brand new five years before the fire.It had been problem-free and never needed fixing by an expert or himself. Mr Menon also pointed out that fridge freezer fires were not uncommon, saying there were 300 such fires a year in the UK.
'Ugly and safe'
On Tuesday, lawyers for some of the survivors and the bereaved told the hearing that a refurbishment, overseen by Kensington Council, had turned the tower into a "death trap".Leslie Thomas, representing a group of the bereaved and survivors, picked up on the issue of refurbishment work, saying it was "incontrovertible" that the tower was made less safe by the introduction of flammable material on its outside.He said one client had told him the refurbishment "changed the building from being an ugly, safe council block to a death trap that looked like a pretty private block"."The state palpably failed in its primary duty to protect its citizens and as for the corporates, silence speaks a thousand words," he added.The inquiry into last year's fire in west London, which caused 72 deaths, is on the third day of the fact-finding stage.Earlier, over seven days, it heard bereaved families commemorate those who had lost their lives in moving tributes.The inquiry is expected to hear from Kensington Council and the Tenant Management Organisation later.
Day-by-day: the inquiry so far
Day 1: Tribute to baby as Grenfell inquiry opens
Day 2: Families walk out as Grenfell video shown
Day 3: Victim's son 'prays for death' to join father in heaven
Day 4: Grenfell niece tribute distress for aunt
Day 5: 'We will never play again'
Day 6: Grenfell Tower dad blames firefighters
Day 7: Disabled woman was placed on 18th floor
Day 8: 'Catastrophic' safety failures outlined
Day 9: Refurbishment 'turned tower into death trap'
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Grenfell Tower: Kitchen fire resident 'did the right thing'

Grenfell Tower: Kitchen fire resident 'did the right thing'

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