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Body of Italian graduate found on 23rd floor of Grenfell Tower, inquest told

Architect Gloria Trevisan came to London last year to find work.

The body of a young Italian architecture graduate, killed along with her partner in the Grenfell Tower fire, was found on the floor they lived on near the top of the block, an inquest heard.

Gloria Trevisan, 26, was found in a flat on the 23rd floor of the block, where she lived with Marco Gottardi, Westminster Coroner’s Court was told.

She was identified by her dental records and the cause of her death was given as “consistent with the effects of fire” by coroner’s officer Eric Sword during Monday’s short hearing.

Ms Trevisan, who completed her master’s degree in architecture at the University of Venice last October, had travelled to London with Mr Gottardi to find work, family lawyer Maria Cristina Sandrin told Italian media after the fire.

Ms Sandrin said the young woman had called her mother as the fire crept up the building.

Grenfell Tower in west London (David Mirzoeff/PA)

Miss Trevisan’s father Loris Trevisan also told his local paper in Padova, near Venice in north-east Italy: “They wanted to go down but said they could see the flames going up the stairs and the smoke was more and more intense.”

Giannino Gottardi, father of Marco, told Il Mattino his son called at 3.45am, then again just after 4am.

Mr Gottardi told the paper that “in the second call, and I can’t get this out of my head, he said there was smoke, that so much smoke was rising”.

Miss Trevisan was one of two victims of the June 14 fire whose inquests were held on Monday.

The Westminster Coroner's Court where the Grenfell inquiry is taking place (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

It also heard information about one of the oldest victims, Ali Yawar Jafari.

Mr Jafari, 81, was pulled from the building by firefighters but pronounced dead at the scene, the hearing was told.

His son Hamid Ali Jafari had previously said his father had lost contact with his mother and sister, who lived with him in Grenfell Tower, on the 10th floor, when he stepped out of a smoke-filled lift that took them to the ground floor.

The provisional cause of his death was given as “inhalation of fire fumes” with a second cause of coronary and hypertensive heart disease.

Coroner Dr Fiona Wilcox adjourned the inquests to a date to be fixed.


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