Tuesday 24 April 2018

'Amazing, selfless, caring' - family's tribute to second generation Irishman identified as victim of Grenfell Tower blaze

Denis Murphy, a victim of the Photo credit should read: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire
Denis Murphy, a victim of the Photo credit should read: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire
Grenfell Tower block fire in London
The Grenfell fire tragedy could now see an investigation for corporate manslaughter AFP/Getty
Tower block fire in London
At least 80 people were killed in the fire
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

A second generation Irishman has been formally identified as a victim of the catastrophic Grenfell Tower blaze.

At least 80 people died in the June 14 blaze which broke out in the early hours of June 14 and quickly ripped through the 24-storey building.

To date 57 people have been formally identified as having died following the fire at Grenfell Tower, including baby Logan Gomes who was stillborn in hospital the day of the fire.

Second Generation Irishman Denis Murphy (56) has now also been confirmed as one of the victims of the deadly fire.

In a statement his family have said they had been left with a "gaping hole in our hearts that can never be filled" after he was formally identified.

The 56-year-old is believed to have become trapped on the 14th floor of the burning block.

In a statement released through the Metropolitan Police on Wednesday, his family spoke of "an agonising 10 weeks" between the disaster and his formal identification.

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Denis Murphy, a victim of the Photo credit should read: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire

They said: "The pain, loss and sorrow we feel is indescribable and we have been left devastated with a gaping hole in our hearts that can never be filled.

"To us he was an inspiration and an amazing, selfless, caring person and we feel lucky and blessed that he was part of our family, and his warmth and love will stay with us forever.

"What really matters to us is what he stood for - family, friends, community, loyalty and love - and our lives will never be the same without him."

Previously Mr Murphy told Independent.ie that the 56-year-old man had phoned family members to say he was trapped in the fire.

"He left his brother a voicemail at 1.30am saying, 'I'm stuck in the fire, there's black smoke everywhere and they are telling us to stay in the flat," he said.

"His last contact was with his sister Anne Marie at 2am saying he was trapped and then his phone went dead."

Mr Murphy's mother Anne moved from Limerick to the UK and although he was born in London and is "proudly English", his family say he never lost touch with his Irish roots.

 "He is a Londoner and fiercely proud of that but also proud of his Irish heritage.

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The Grenfell fire tragedy could now see an investigation for corporate manslaughter AFP/Getty

"His mother moved to the UK in the late 1950s, the family is from Limerick and we still have a lot of relatives there.

"Dennis is proudly English. Chelsea Football through and through.

"We often said if you cut him he would bleed blue for Chelsea."

"On and off he lived in the same block over 30 years on different floors, he lived on the 14th floor in flat 111.

"He is well known and well loved in the area."

With additional reporting from Press Association

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