Saturday 21 April 2018

Teen fled Grenfell Tower fire with Chemistry notes and then sat her GCSE exam

A firefighter investigates the remains of a flat. Photo: Rick Findler/PA
A photo taken by local resident Natalie Oxford shows flames coming from Grenfell Tower. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
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A teenage survivor of the devastating Grenfell Tower fire headed to school shortly after escaping the fire and sat a GCSE exam.

Ines Alves has been hailed for heroism after she completed the Chemistry exam wearing the same clothes she fled the London tower block in.

Ms Alves (16) lived on the 13th floor of the North Kensington tower block when it caught fire in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The Daily Mirror is reporting that she fled the tower with her parents and brother Tiago.

Ms Alves was unable to sleep for the remainder of the night but she didn't use it as an excuse to avoid the paper.

According to the website she made her way to Sacred Heart School in Hammersmith where she completed the exam.

Such was her determination that the only personal items she grabbed from her burning flat were her phone and chemistry notes, the family said.

She told the website: "I put on my jeans and a top and just grabbed by phone and chemistry notes. I was trying to revise while we waited downstairs as we thought it was a small fire at first but it was impossible.

"Considering what had happened I think the exam went OK. I want to do A-level chemistry and I need an A in science so I was thinking of my future when I decided to sit the exam."

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