The Truth Behind Story Of Baby Surviving Grenfell Blaze For 12 Days

by : Francesca Donovan on : 26 Jun 2017 14:52

In the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster, stories of the resilience and strength of residents were welcome rays of hope in the midst of such a tragedy.


There was the GSCE student who sat her chemistry exam the next day and the woman who had a genius plan to protect her family from the blaze which engulfed the 24-storey block of flats in North Kensington, London.

These stories served to give hope to many after the fire claimed 79 lives with many more expected to be announced.

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But one story, which told of a baby surviving 12 days on the sixteenth floor of the condemned tower was dubbed miraculous by many observers.


Although it was reported as breaking news, and was shared thousands of times by well-wishers, the story was in fact a sick hoax invented by social media users and fake news creators.



The site that shared the fake news story has been identified as fake, having recently shared fables about the discovery of a Nazi warship in a lake and morgue worked being incinerated.

This, however, might just be the cruellest fake news story thus far, designed to give people hope during dark times and then swiftly crush their spirits and detract from the important facts.

Social media played host to other fake news stories during the Manchester terror attack, when trolls posted pictures of youngsters claiming they were missing or dead.

Meanwhile, as residents of Grenfell are still unaccounted for, hopefully the sick creators of these stories can be bought to justice for toying with public emotion.

Francesca Donovan

A former emo kid who talks too much about 8Chan meme culture, the Kardashian Klan, and how her smartphone is probably killing her. Francesca is a Cardiff University Journalism Masters grad who has done words for BBC, ELLE, The Debrief, DAZED, an art magazine you've never heard of and a feminist zine which never went to print.

Topics: News


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