Up To A Dozen Grenfell Tower Firefighters Have Been Diagnosed With Terminal Cancer

Up To A Dozen Grenfell Tower Firefighters Have Been Diagnosed With Terminal Cancer


January 18, 2023

As many as a dozen firefighters who tackled the Grenfell tower blaze in 2017 have been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer—and there could be more yet to be diagnosed.

According to The Mirror, up to 12 firefighters have been diagnosed with digestive cancers and leukemia due to prolonged exposure to pollutants. Whilst tending to the flames, many firefighters were left with no air in the tower and remained in their contaminated gear for over 10 hours.

There is the overarching fear that many fighters are yet to be diagnosed because some cancers take longer to appear in the body. Officials are currently gathering a list of those who were present during the Grenfell fire as there may be more individuals whose health has been affected. There were up to 1,300 firefighters present on the night of the fire.

Speaking with The Mirror, Fire Brigades Union national official Riccardo la Torre said: "This vital research proves that firefighters are suffering and dying from cancer, strokes, heart disease, and mental ill health as a result of going to work and protecting the public.

"We now know that firefighters are exposed to health and life-threatening contaminants as a result of their occupation, and certainly would have been at an incident the size and scale of the Grenfell Tower Fire."



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