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Grenfell Tower inquiry: Disabled woman placed on 18th floor

May 30, 2018 4:11 pm

A woman whose disabled mother, Sakineh Afrasiabi, died in Grenfell Tower has criticised the council for housing her on the 18th floor of the block.

Nazanin Aghlani said her 65-year-old mother’s “human right to escape” was impeded by housing her so high up.

She said: “Our mum lost her life not only due to the fire that night, but to the corporate negligence of the very people who were to ensure her safety.”

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Ms Afrasiabi was partially sighted and got around using a tri-walker.

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Speaking on the seventh and final day of the inquiry’s commemoration hearings, Ms Aghlani said the council told her mother in 2003 that she should not be housed above the fourth floor of any building.

But – “after being refused many suitable properties” – in 2016 she moved into a flat on the 18th floor of Grenfell Tower “out of desperation”.

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