Grenfell Tower survivor 12 suffered cyanide poisoning papers show

first_imgVictims of cyanide are effectively choked by the toxic gas. Symptoms include headaches, dizziness, confusion, vomiting and convulsions. At high concentrations it can cause rapid death.”The effects are really quick… you could die within seconds depending on the level of exposure,” clinical toxicologist and emergency medicine and critical care consultant Dr Johann Grundlingh told BBC Newsnight.”When you breathe in oxygen normally, your cells produce energy. Cyanide blocks your capability to produce energy from oxygen.” Marcio Gomes wrapped his family in wet towels after becoming stranded on the 21st floor of the Grenfell TowerCredit: “If it was in a normal situation, I could have gone out. And he was seven months. He could have survived… But because of the conditions, he passed away.” Marcio Gomes, 38, who battled the blaze at the Grenfell Tower block inferno to save his wife and two daughtersCredit: Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Richard Hull, Professor of chemistry and fire science at the University of Central Lancashire, said: “Plastic foam insulation is effectively made from crude oil and so it’s going to combust in more or less the same way as any other petrochemical.”It’s got a lot of nitrogen in it and therefore when it burns it produces both carbon monoxide and hydrogen cyanide.”A spokesman for the British Rigid Urethane Foam Manufacturer’s Association (BRUFMA) – the trade body which represents makers of insulation of the kind used at Grenfell Tower – said no assumptions should be made about what materials created toxic gases in the fire.”Gases given off by any burning material are toxic. The greatest toxic hazard in almost all fires is due to carbon monoxide,” he said, Expressing her anger towards whoever was responsible for deciding to place cheaper, less fire retardant cladding on Grenfell Tower, Mrs Gomes said: “You just killed my son. All three women, who had been led to safety during the disaster by their father Marcio, were placed in medically induced comas when they were admitted to King’s College Hospital, in south London.It was there that they were treated with a cyanide antidote, though only Luana was diagnosed as having been poisoned. Marcio Gomes wrapped his family in wet towels after becoming stranded on the 21st floor of the Grenfell Tower It is not known what may have produced cyanide in the Grenfell fire.However experts have suggested boards fitted during a £10 million refurbishment of the 24-storey block might have filled homes with the highly toxic substance when they caught fire.They could have produced enough deadly hydrogen cyanide to fill every flat at the west London high-rise, it has been reported. Marcio Gomes, 38, who battled the blaze at the Grenfell Tower block inferno to save his wife and two daughters It comes after a public meeting between the leader of Kensington and Chelsea Council, the police and residents descended into chaos as anger about the progress of the police investigation boiled over on Wednesday.Senior investigating officer Matt Bonner was met with cries of “arrest someone” as he said the investigation would “not be quick but it would be thorough”.Kensington and Chelsea Council’s new leader Elizabeth Campbell was heckled by one audience member.After the meeting, hundreds of mourners gathered at a wall plastered in tributes in the west London neighbourhood to mark four weeks since the blaze.Among those at the vigil was Emma Dent Coad, the newly elected MP for the area, who said: “It is still chaotic, the whole process of housing people, getting them social housing, mental health help, whatever other help they are getting, obviously the people who aren’t getting help come to me. “It’s disgraceful, actually, the council are still failing people every day.” A 12-year-old girl who survived the Grenfell Tower fire was diagnosed with cyanide poisoning raising fears the toxic gas may have contributed to some of the disaster’s 80 deaths.Medical discharge papers show Luana Gomes was treated for the poisoning which may have been released by burning of insulation or plastics during the fire.Luana’s sister and mother Andreia, who was seven months pregnant at the time of the blaze, were also treated for risk of cyanide poisoning. Mrs Gomes lost her unborn baby. “There is no evidence to suggest that PIR (rigid polyisocyanurate) presents any special hazard in terms of toxicity.”In tests on buildings with PIR panels, carried out by the UK Fire Research Station, no additional hazard from smoke or toxic gases was noted compared to those due to the burning of other buildings.”last_img

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