Grenfell survivor tells how he had to leave his dementiasuffering father after

“I am left handed and my left middle finger was in a cast at the time due to an injury. This meant I could only hold onto my father with my right hand, and I just was not strong enough to move him.”I knew that I would have to get help.”I ran to leave our flat and as I did I looked behind me and I could just see a wall of fire through the window behind my father. I shouted at him to come with me.”Samuel Daniels continued: “I opened the front door again and thick, black smoke came pouring in.”I closed the door again and shouted at my dad, ‘Come on, come on. Get out.'”He was not responding to me at all; he was in a daze.”I opened the door again and more smoke came in. I was breathing it in and I could feel myself starting to lose consciousness.” “It did not feel safe for him to be on the 16th floor due to his limited mobility combined with his mental health difficulties. I worried about what would happen if there was a fire.”It turns out my concerns were warranted; my father would have been able to escape the blaze if we had lived on a lower floor.”Talking of the initial stages of the fire, he said he first noticed a smell of smoke before 1am but thought the blaze was outside the tower as he could not hear any fire alarms.He later opened his front door and saw thick dark smoke in the corridor, and he could see flames reflected in the panels on a school building when he looked out of a window in his 16th floor flat.This, combined with the noise of “shouting and panicking” from elsewhere in the building, prompted him to tell his father they had to leave.He said: “I shouted at my dad to forget his shoes and to leave with me, but he was disorientated and frozen in a daze.”I grabbed him to try and pull him out with me.”I told him that we had to go now; I was shaking him and pulling him but because he used to be a bodybuilder he was still strong. In his written statement to the public inquiry, Mr Daniels said his father had poor mental and physical health at the time of the fire, and had been diagnosed with dementia in 2015.He was not registered as disabled but had “limited” physical abilities, rarely left his flat and never used the stairs.Mr Daniels, who was a full-time carer for his father at the time of the fire, said: “I had a lot of concerns about my father’s health and safety in the flat. After establishing they were on the 11th floor, the fire crew ascended for a second time.Mr Daniels said: “By this time I felt sure that my father was either unconscious or dead already. Shortly after, they came running down looking totally petrified.”It was as if they were literally running for their lives. I asked the last one about my father. He said that they could not do anything.”He told me no one could go up there and I had to leave. I turned to the fireman I had been waiting with and he just said to me to get out.”I ran with the firemen, and it felt like I was running away from my father.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “I realised that if I became unconscious we would both be dead,” Mr Daniels said. “I covered my face with my hood and went out of the door into the corridor. I left the door open in case my father came behind me.”Mr Daniels ran down the stairs and met a fireman on what he said was the 11th floor, who radioed for a crew to come and help.Within five minutes, four firemen arrived and went up the stairs, but returned within minutes reporting they could not tell what number floors they were on due to no signs. A Grenfell Tower survivor has told how he had to leave his dementia-suffering father behind as the fire engulfed the tower block. Former bodybuilder Joseph Daniels lived on the 16th floor at Grenfell and his son Samuel had voiced concerns about his vulnerable father’s safety. As the blaze ripped through the flats, Mr Daniels tried desperately to drag his father out of their home, but the 69-year-old had frozen in a dazed state. Mr Daniels, who was his father’s full-time carer, had broken the middle finger on his dominant left hand which meant it was in a cast. Having shaken him, shouted and tried to pull him through the door, he told the inquiry of the tragedy where he had to leave his father to avoid them both dying.  read more