Firefighter who wrote book about his Grenfell Tower fire ‘heroics’ is slammed by colleagues

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FIREFIGHTERS who battled the Grenfell Tower inferno yesterday slammed a colleague’s book about his “heroics”.

They say he only entered the 24-storey block after the fire — which killed 72 people — had gone out.

Edric Kennedy-Macfoy, 35, said the London tower block was was ‘fully on fire’ when he entered the building
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Edric Kennedy-Macfoy, 35, said the building was “fully on fire” when he risked his life to lead a crew to the top storeys.

He dramatically recounted how he feared his blood was overheating as he was shocked by the sight of charred bodies in his book Into The Fire: My Life As A London Firefighter.

But colleagues who tackled the blaze at its fiercest insisted it had burned itself out five hours before Edric arrived.

They said he faced comparatively little danger as he entered the smouldering West London block tasked with logging and recovering bodies rather than rescuing survivors.

Firefighters who tackled the Grenfell blaze at its fiercest claimed yesterday that the fire had burned itself out five hours before he even arrived at the scene
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Edric  resigned days before a serious disciplinary hearing set for April 26 accused of gross misconduct over his unauthorised publishing deal

In a book extract serialised in a national newspaper, Edric said: “I would be walking into a death-trap, a building which was fully on fire.”

Describing finding a woman’s body on the 19th floor, he said: “I logged her location and was about to continue upwards when I saw a little hand poking from under her arm. She had been trying to save her infant, protecting her child in a final embrace.”

He said his team were surrounded by smoke and fire and constantly finding victims.

But Aldo Diana, from a team among the first on the scene shortly after 2am, said: “What Edric has done disgusts me.

Former crew manager Aldo Diana who was among the first on the scene has slammed Edric for writing the book
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Kennedy-Macfoy said in his book he left the London Fire Brigade after being diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder after his ordeal
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A senior ex-colleague said Edric broke a code that firefighters don’t reveal what happens between them and victims
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Eric starred in TV show ‘Inside the London Fire Brigade’
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“His book is stitched together to make him look a hero. He was on a different watch and didn’t arrive till 10.30am when the fire was effectively out.”

A senior ex-colleague said Edric broke a code that firefighters don’t reveal what happens between them and victims.


London Fire Brigade sources said Kennedy-Macfoy quit as a crew manager in Battersea days before a disciplinary hearing in April over his unauthorised publishing deal.

He says in his book he left after being diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder.

Edric was unavailable for comment. Henry Vines, his editor at publisher Bantam Press, said: “At no stage has he suggested he was in the Grenfell Tower at the height of the blaze.”