The next stage of the Grenfell Tower inquiry is to begin by examining how the fire started and spread.

The blaze killed 72 people, including a mother who was 10 weeks pregnant.

For the first two weeks of the inquiry, victims’ families have shared often heartbreaking tributes to their loved ones in commemoration hearings.

:: ‘I heard my mum and sister die on the phone in Grenfell’

:: ‘Hero’ grandfather Raymond Bernard sheltered six people in his flat



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Now, the inquiry will move to its long-term venue at Holborn Bars in central London and begin to build a factual account of what happened on 14 June last year.

Using witness evidence and testimony from the emergency services and residents, the hearings will address:

:: Fire safety and prevention measures at the tower

:: Where and how the fire started and spread

:: The evacuation of residents



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:: The chain of events that led to the decision that there was no further savable life in the building.

The inquiry team say this phase is a purely a fact-finding exercise.

It will not examine the reasons why things happened as they did, or what should have happened. Nor will it assess any policies or decisions.

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Protesters called for justice for the Grenfell victims ahead of the inquiry
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Protesters called for justice for the Grenfell victims ahead of the inquiry

At the start of this stage, reports from expert witness will be released looking in detail at how the fire spread over the building’s external facade, including the cladding and insulation.

Another report will look at the fire protection measures within the building and any preliminary conclusions on the extent to which they failed to control the spread of fire and smoke and contributed to the speed at which the fire spread.

This research could inform an interim report that inquiry chair Sir Martin Moore-Bick will be publishing.

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This would happen as a matter of haste because of the potential for findings which could affect nationwide fire safety.

However, with this phase of the inquiry lasting until October, a report would not be expected until near the end of the year.