Firefighter Haunted By Faces Of Children Trapped In Grenfell Tower He Couldn’t Save

One of the first firefighters to reach the Grenfell Tower blaze revealed he will forever be haunted by the faces of trapped children that he was unable to save. In a harrowing account, Damian Magee told how he looked up at kids with faces pressed against windows and banging the glass for help.

“They were looking down at me like I was a superhero who had arrived to save them,” Damian told the Sunday People. “But we couldn’t reach them. The horror of what I saw will stay with me for the rest of my life … It was like a war zone. There were huge clumps of concrete, composite materials, metal, all sorts of cladding, all crashing around the four sides of the building.

Damian’s crew sprinted half a mile through a traffic jam to get to the inferno, before ditching their breathing apparatus to climb as high as the ninth floor. The 20-year veteran, who carried five people to safety, broke down in tears as he said: “These little boys were looking at me when I turned up in my superhero outfit, but I knew we couldn’t save them.”

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