Revealed: Fire chief who broke down in tears at Grenfell inquiry was also hero of Parsons Green terror attack

Mail Online | 6/27/2018 | Charlie Bayliss For Mailonline
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A fire chief who broke down during today's session after struggling to re-watch videos of the tower on fire is also a hero of the Parson's Green terror attack.

Michael Dowden was the watch manager at North Kensington fire station during the Grenfell Fire tragedy in which more than 70 people died.

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Mr Dowden, a firefighter with London Fire Brigade (LFB) for 14 years, was the first fire brigade incident commander sent to the tower in Ladbroke Grove in June 2017.

During the Parson's Green attack, he was on the train at the time an explosive device detonated and 'stayed on scene ensuring other passengers were evacuated to safety, made contact with station staff and also provided valuable information to the first arriving emergency services' London Fire Brigade said.

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Giving evidence to the inquiry, he admitted to being out of his 'comfort zone' dealing with the fire, was shown clips shot by members of the public and was questioned as part of the ongoing inquiry into the tragic incident which killed more than 70 people last year.

Shortly after the lunch break earlier today, Dowden was shown a particularly distressing video of a person shouting 'get out of the tower'.

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The footage, shot by a member of the public at around 1.20am, showed the flames engulfing the cladding outside the building. Dowden was seen turning his head away from the television screen which showed the horrific scenes.

As the clip finished, Dowden was heard signalling for a break as he is asked a question by counsel to the probe Richard Millett QC.

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In March this year Mr Dowden was presented a commendation for bravery during the Parsons Green terror attack.

The decorated watch commander, who once worked in Chiswick for LFB, also received a Borough Commander's Letter of Congratulations in 2017 for his actions during...
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