This is not Victoria Britain, this is not Syria, this is London 2017. Watching the images, the stories of witnesses and recounts of survivors, the emotions of shock and horror quickly turn to anger. In this modern-day Britain, how can any parent be faced with such a situation where their only course of action was to throw their child out of the window?
Yet again ensue the discussions of race, class, austerity. Have we not moved on from Brixton in the 70s? Are we not a civilised society? These things cannot and do not happen in a civilised society.
But then suddenly it did happen, the Twitter feeds and Facebook videos were awash of images of a civilised society. Strangers donating, volunteers working through the night to provide food clothing and shelter, people donating money to strangers they have never met. People coming together from all walks of life and backgrounds.
After the recent tragedies of hate and terror and a general election that exposed stark differences in the UK, these were replaced with stories of unity and of humanity. Even stranger events, suddenly the Muslims were portrayed in a positive light, having played a key role in alerting residents of the fire and gathering help for survivors. As if this was brea king news, that Muslims were not all fanatics but good people.
We worry about our children growing up in this technological age but social media amassed the help, gathered communities, informed us of events and set up donating pages in a matter of hours. It took a tragedy to bring us together, I cannot recall a time I felt that there is hope for our future generation.