‘mini-cab driver whose faulty fridge sparked Grenfell Tower fire’ – Sun Newspaper 

THE man who raised the alarm after his fridge apparently sparked the Grenfell Tower inferno has today been pictured for the first time.
Behailu Kebede, an Ethiopian mini-cab driver, called 999 after flames took hold of his fourth floor flat in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
Mini-cab driver Behailu Kebede has been pictured for the first time
Mini-cab driver Behailu Kebede has been pictured for the first time

Fire engines arrived six minutes after the dad of one called 999 for help

Fire engines arrived six minutes after the dad of one called 999 for help
More than 100 residents at Grenfell Tower in North Kensington, West London, are feared dead as the fire chief today revealed it would now be a “miracle” to pull anyone out alive.

Mr Meried’s friend Eshete Meried told Mail Online: “Behailu did raise the alarm, that is what I am hearing.
“He is fine but he is not in a position to talk about anything right now. I understand that he in a temporary shelter, staying with friends.”
A trapped resident tried to get help as the fire engulfed the Grenfell Tower block

A trapped resident tried to get help as the fire engulfed the Grenfell Tower block
The blaze tore through the tower block in West London

The blaze tore through the tower block in West London
Smoke from the burning building could be seen across London as the fire continued to rage 

Smoke from the burning building could be seen across London as the fire continued to rage

A firefighter looks on at the tower blaze during the early hours of the morning 

A firefighter looks on at the tower blaze during the early hours of the morning
Heroic firefighters seen rescuing residents from the burning Grenfell Tower in London

The 23-storey building “lit up like matchsticks” as the inferno spread through cladding that had been fitted in 2015 as part of a £9million refurbishment.

Authorities say it’s too early to know what caused the blaze — but neighbours believe it was sparked by a faulty fridge on the fourth floor.
Grenfell Tower resident Maryam Adam claims to have seen Mr Kebede with suitcases when he banged on neighbours’ doors after calling 999.
The pregnant 41-year-old said: “He knocked the door and he said there was a fire in his flat.
“Outside his flat there was a big bag with his clothes because he took the stuff from his flat and then told the neighbours.
“The fire was small in the kitchen. I could see in because the flat door was open. And then we passed and we were out. There was no alarm. If he had not knocked I don’t know what would have happened.”
Mr Kebede banged on neighbours door to alert them about the fire
Mr Kebede banged on neighbours door to alert them about the fire
The mini-cab driver’s fridge allegedly sparked the fire that took hold of Grenfell Tower

The mini-cab driver’s fridge allegedly sparked the fire that took hold of Grenfell Tower
What we know so far:

The Metropolitan Police have confirmed 17 people are dead but the death toll is expected to rise after a huge fire engulfed Grenfell Tower in West London just before 1am on Wednesday night
Around 74 people have been taken to six hospitals in the capital, with 18 in a critical condition, while dozens of others are missing and feared dead

The Prime Minister launched an urgent investigation into the disaster

Authorities say the cause of the fire is still not known — with some suggesting it was sparked by a fridge fire

Survivors have told how they stumbled over bodies as they desperately fought their way through black smoke to escape down the stairwell.

It is believed virtually all the residents in the top three floors perished in the devastating fire, which burned at over 1,000C (1,800F).
The death stands at 17 but is expected to rise. A further 74 victims, 18 of them critical, are being treated at six hospitals.
Grenfell Tower pictured the day after dozens were killed in devastating fire
Grenfell Tower pictured the day after dozens were killed in devastating fire
Members of the community have been left distraught by the news

Members of the community have been left distraught by the news

Distraught loved ones gather at hub where there is food and water for survivors

Distraught loved ones gather at hub where there is food and water for survivors
Woman cries as she desperately hunts for missing relative who hasn’t been seen since the blaze

Woman cries as she desperately hunts for missing relative who hasn’t been seen since the blaze
London Fire Brigade Commander Dany Cotton said this morning: “Tragically, now, we are not expecting to find anyone else alive.

“The severity and the heat of the fire will mean it would be an absolute miracle for anyone to be left alive.”
Harrowing stories have emerged of families separated as they fled the horror blaze and terrified residents saying their goodbyes over the phone as flames engulfed the building.
A haunting view from the scene of the deadly tower inferno emerged in a video.
It shows piles of ash-covered debris, huge puddles of water and a dead body, while blackened hand prints can be seen on stairwell walls.
Heartbroken relatives are still desperately searching for missing loved ones in hospitals and refuges.
First video from inside Grenfell Tower and adjacent building after inferno
Emergency services confirm that Grenfell Tower fire death toll has rises to 17

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