The full tragedy of last week’s Grenfell Tower fire is still unfolding, with police stating as many as 79 people are confirmed dead or missing, presumed dead.
It’s a staggering event that has rippled out beyond the immediate community in Kensington, moving thousands to contribute in some way to the survivors, the injured, the friends and families of those lost and the firefighters who risked their lives trying to save residents of the 24-storey building.
Now singer Adele, after taking time to meet people at the site the day after the fire, has made an impromptu visit to Chelsea fire station to hand out cake and hugs to some of the firefighters who tackled the blaze.
Sharing photographs on his Facebook page on Monday (19 June), firefighter Rob Petty wrote: “Not every day the wonderfully grounded and caring Adele pops into Chelsea fire station for a cup of tea and a cuddle.”
He added in a comment underneath: “She came in with loads of cakes […] lovely girl, genuinely grounded and interested and humbled. Beautiful.”
The BBC reports station manager Ben King as saying: “She just turned up at the station and knocked on the window and said she has some cakes for us.
“So we opened the door to her and then she took her sunglasses off and said, ‘Hi, I'm Adele’. Everyone was so shocked. She came in, came up to the mess and had a cup of tea with the watch and then she joined us for the minute’s silence.”
Further information about some of the absolute horrors firefighters faced has come out in the days since the 14 June fire, with one blog post from a firefighter describing the distressing night going viral.
Petty, who shared the Adele pictures, also wrote a status about the “worst night” of his career, revealing how affected he and his colleagues had been.
A £5 million emergency fund has been set up to help affected families, with £200,000 having been handed out by the Grenfell Response Team (which includes local and regional government from across London, central government, the British Red Cross, Met Police and London Fire Brigade) to date. Seventeen people remain in hospital.
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