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