39-year old Natasha Elcock saved her life and her family’s by turning on the bathroom taps in her apartment.
Natasha was trapped on the 11th floor of burning Grenfell Tower. She faced the horrid experience with her boyfriend and 6-year old daughter.
On noticing the fire, Natasha Elcock said they tried to escape through the door but it was too hot. The windows were not an option at the moment. Then the thought came to her to run the taps in her bathroom. The water overflooded the apartment and made it difficult for the fire to get to them.
“I let the bathroom flood. It kept the flat damp. It may have saved our lives.”
“We had our little girl on the wet floor and we went to the coldest room.”
“The door was buckling and the windows bubbling and cracking. It was terrifying.”
According to her, they stayed put and awaited help as instructed by fire crews over the phone. 90 minutes later, the fire crew gave them the green light to exit the building. And that’s how their lives were spared.
Natasha had lived in the tower for 20 years. It is reported that the residents had earlier complained about the absence of fire safety in the tower.
The Grenfell Tower underwent a £10million refurbishing and cladding process a while ago. The idea was to protect the building from external elements like rain and wind.
Perhaps it would be called an expensive oversight to ignore the concerns of the resident over fire safety.
Survivors testify that there was no fire alarm when the dangerous fire broke out. Worse still it has also been confirmed that the materials used for coating the building helped to spread the fire.
Furiously sharing his concern over the inferno, Rapper and Mobo Award winner, Akala accused the government of neglecting previous warnings because the residents of the tower were low class.
He is insistent that if the residents of the tower were of the wealthy class, a prompt attention would be given to the burnt building.
“The people who died and lost their homes – this happened to them because they are poor,”
“We are in one of the richest spaces not just London but in the world. Repeated requests were ignored. There is no way that rich people would be living in a building without adequate fire safety.”
The death toll has increased to 17 with about 74 survivors. Many are still missing and generally presumed dead.
Expressing similar sentiments with Akala, MP David Lammy whose resident family friend has not been heard from says the recent London fire is a case of Corporate Manslaughter.
“They haven’t got easy fire escapes, they’ve got no sprinklers, it’s totally, totally unacceptable in Britain that this is allowed to happen and people lose their lives in this way. People should be held to account.”
Not a lot of residents were as lucky as Natasha Elcock. Some took the risks of jumping through the windows of the 24-storey building. The tower had 120 apartments.