Grenfell families launch legal action in US against firms they blame for blaze

Survivors and bereaved relatives of many of those killed in the Grenfell Tower fire in England are suing three companies they claim must be held to account over the deadly blaze.

A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed in the United States, lawyers representing more than 200 people said today.

The companies named on the 143-count wrongful death and products liability complaint are Arconic, Celotex and Whirlpool, all of which have headquarters in the US.

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Arconic supplied cladding on the outside of the tower block, Celotex provided insulation used in the cladding system and Whirlpool produced the fridge freezer where the fire is believed to have started.

Lawyers for two US law firms said they have requested a jury trial in Philadelphia, seeking “undetermined compensation, including punitive damages, on behalf of the 247 plaintiffs”.

Robert Mongeluzzi, from the law firm Saltz, Mongeluzzi, Barrett & Bendesky, said: “We are honoured and humbled to represent our clients in their quest for justice.

“We seek to hold these American companies accountable on their home turf to send a message that conduct like this will not be tolerated anywhere in the world.”

Friday marks the two-year anniversary of the fire which killed 72 people.

Marcio Gomes escaped the burning tower with his wife and two daughters, but the couple’s son Logan Gomes was later stillborn in hospital.

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