It has been almost one year since the tragic London Grenfell Tower fire, which took the lives of 72 people and injured more than 70 more. The wounds are still as fresh as the day of the incident for many surviving family members.

As the Grenfell commemoration hearings are underway, many victims’ families are coming forward with stories of guilt and blame. A grieving father told the Grenfell Tower inquiry that this five-year-old son would likely still be here if the responding firefighters had not instructed his family to stay in place and wait for rescue. Paulos Tekle expressed extreme guilt for listening to the fire brigade when they told him and his son, Isaac Paulos, to remain in their flat on the 13th floor. Tekle said that he was told twice by the officials to stay put during two separate phone calls. Isaac got lost in the suffocating smoke and passed away.

Investigative reports following the incident demonstrate the validity that residents were advised to stay in place for the first two hours of the fire. This advice was based on the common assumption that most fires will not spread to other areas separated by walls and doors.

Numerous stories revealed during the inquiry detail the numerous stories of victims moving to higher floors in the building in an attempt to escape the smoke and flames. Many loved ones are coping with the loss of numerous family members, including many children. The youngest victim was just six months old. The fire broke out in the early morning of June 14 and burned all through the night and into the next few days until it was finally extinguished.

The seventh and final day of the Grenfell Tower inquiry wrapped up on Wednesday with more jarring testimony from the families of the fire’s victims.

It has been almost one year since the June 14 London blaze that took the lives of 72 people and injured more than 70 others. For the past week, the inquiry has looked into the tragedy and what could have been done differently for a better outcome. The inquiry has offered the families of those who died or were injured the opportunity to speak out and offer their testimony.

The sister of victim Raymond “Moses” Bernard said that her brother sheltered his neighbors in his flat on the 23rd floor and died trying to help others. Bernard’s sister, Bernadette Bernard, said that her brother was a hero who tragically died from suffocation and cyanide poisoning. Ms. Bernard said that the other residents could not escape the flames by heading down so they went up in an attempt to get away from the rising smoke. In addition to Bernard, the bodies of five other victims were found in Bernard’s bed while Bernard was found lying beside them on the floor. The other victims were identified as Hamid Kani, 61, Deborah Lamprell, 45, Berkti Haftom 29, and her son Biruk Haftom, 12, and Jessica Urbano (Ramirez), 12.

In other testimony, Nazanin Aghlani told the inquiry officials that she placed blamed on the council for her mother’s death. Aghlani’s mother, Sakineh Afrasiabi, died on the 18th floor. Aghlani said that her mother was disabled with only partial vision, yet the Kensington and Chelsea Council’s (RBKC) had placed her on the 18th floor of the building to live despite her limited mobility and sight. This corporate negligence impeded her mother’s right to escape, according to Aghlani.