Chief exec of Grenfell Tower management firm resigns to assist with inquiry

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Dozens Remain Unaccounted For Following Grenfell Tower Fire In London
Grenfell Tower was set on fire earlier this month (Source: Getty)

The chief executive of the property firm that manages Grenfell Tower has stepped down.

Robert Black has left Kensington & Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (KCTMO) to assist with the inquiry into the massive fire that engulfed the building earlier this month, killing dozens of people.

Metropolitan Police said this week that 80 people are now confirmed dead or missing and presumed dead due to the fire, but added that the final death toll is unlikely to be known until next year.

“We are aware Robert Black has agreed to step aside from his role as CEO of the KCTMO and an interim CEO is being sought by the KCTMO as a matter of urgency," said a spokesperson for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

"Kensington and Chelsea residents remain the council’s priority during this unprecedented time. In order to ensure that KCTMO can continue to provide services for its other residents, the board has agreed that an interim chief executive should be appointed to carry out this role.

"The board has also agreed that KCTMO should focus on the particular needs of its residents in Testerton, Hurstway and Barandon Walks who were evacuated and, working alongside the Royal Borough, will consult with them to ensure that their wishes are respected regarding the future management of their homes."

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