A national minute’s silence is due to be held at midday to remember the fire that killed 72 people.

Source: Grenfell Tower lit green a year after fire

A year after the fire that killed 72 people, Grenfell Tower has been illuminated to mark the first anniversary of the disaster.

Twelve other buildings across west London, and Downing Street, were illuminated at 00:54 BST, the time a fire was reported in a flat last June.

A vigil took place at a church near the block, where the victims’ names were read out at 01:30.

And a minute’s silence will be observed nationally at midday.

Cressida Dick, the Metropolitan Police commissioner, said that despite a year having passed, the tragedy “remains very real, raw and painful for many people, every day”.

She added: “Met officers and staff continue to work very hard to progress our ongoing investigation, to assist the public inquiry and provide support to families.”

Natasha Elcock, who was one of the last residents to be rescued from tower and is now a member of the survivor group Grenfell United, has praised the community’s response to the fire.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, she said: “We could have been the most angry community out there because of what happened, but we’ve chosen to be dignified, be calm.

“Ultimately, that’s earned us respect.”

She added: “We really want to ensure that we change so much that Grenfell is not remembered because it killed 72 people but because it has a legacy of change – that behaviours change within social housing, the way people are treated, how they are listened to.”

Since the fire, the tower has been covered in white sheeting with a heart featured on all four sides at the top of the block.

The anniversary comes as an inquiry into the fire continues its fact-finding stage.

During the inquiry, the 999 call made by Behailu Kebede, in whose kitchen the fire started, was released.

Lawyer Rajiv Menon said “nasty lies” had been written about Mr Kebede – including claims he had carried out DIY on the fridge-freezer, where it is thought the fire could have started.