Behailu Kebede, the tenant of the flat where fire first broke out in Grenfell Tower has expressed disappointment in the refurbishment of his flat by the authorities, which shows gaps around windows and exposed pipes that can be seen in the hall.
Behailu Kebede was staying at flat no. 16 on the fourth floor of Grenfell Tower, when the fire happened. Mr Kebede has stated that although he was happy with the condition of his flat prior to the refurbishment, he has been deeply disappointed with the results, adding that “no one was happy” with how the flat looks at the present moment.
Mr Kebede has preferred to provide a written statement instead of appearing before court regarding the inquiry into the Grenfell Fire incident.
In the statement, Behailu Kebede holds that hearrived in the UK from Ethiopia in 1990 and has been living in Grenfell Tower for the last 25 years. He added that ‘the building was cosmopolitan and a multicultural melting pot of people from all around the world. It was symbolic of the community around Ladbroke Grove and Portobello Road. My flat was spacious and beautifully lit. Friends who visited said it was so lovely. Before the refurbishment I had no issues with my flat but after the refurbishment no one was happy. All we were shown [beforehand] was a picture of how it might look after it was finished.’