A six-month-old baby was found dead in her mother’s arms in the stairwell of Grenfell Tower after they desperately tried to escape the fire, an inquest has heard. Leena Belkadi and her sister Malek Belkadi, aged eight, both died from inhalation of fire fumes, Westminster Coroner’s Court was told.
Leena’s body was found in a stairwell between the 19th and 20th floor of the building. Coroner’s officer Eric Sword said she was “found in her mother’s arms”. Malek was recovered from the 20th floor and died later at St Mary’s Hospital, where she was taken alongside her sister Tazmin, aged six.
Their mother Farah Hamdan and father Omar Belkadi also died in the blaze and inquests into their deaths have been opened and adjourned. The family lived on the 20th floor of the high-rise building in west London.