Grenfell firefighters develop rare cancers after tragic blaze

Grenfell firefighters develop rare cancers after tragic blaze
The latest revelations show that the fire may still be claiming lives long after the flames were finally extinguished. 
2 min read
13 January, 2023
Fire brigade unions have been investigating the cases for years [Getty images]

As many as 12 firefighters who fought to save lives during the Grenfell tower disaster in 2017 have been diagnosed with terminal cancer.

The firefighters, said to be in their 40s, have found they have rare and untreatable cases of stomach cancer and leukaemia, according to an investigation by the Mirror

Labour councillors from the area say they ‘begged’ central government to carry out mass screening of anyone who may have been exposed to toxic gases during the tragic blaze - but that their pleas fell on deaf ears. 

"These findings further support our new research with the University of Lancaster: firefighters, like those at Grenfell, are suffering from cancer due to exposure to toxic contaminants," said the Fire Brigades Union

A full list of all fire brigade personnel who have developed cancer since Grenfell tower burnt is being put together by experts.  

On June 14, 2017, the UK woke to the news of its deadliest fire in a residential building since World War Two, a 23-storey inferno that has been blamed on lax fire safety regulations and profiteering cladding companies. 

72 people died and another 74 were injured.

A public enquiry into the causes of the blaze was concluded in November 2022 - but campaigners say there is still no justice for the victims.