Grenfell Tower survivor reunited with man who saved her

  • Clarita Ghavimi was rescued from her 11th floor flat by heroic Luca Branislav
  • Mr Branislav put Clarita over his shoulder and saved her from the burning tower 
  • The pair had an emotional reunion as Ms Ghavimi thanked brave Mr Branislav

Amie Gordon For Mailonline

A grandmother has had an emotional reunion with the heroic neighbour who rescued her from the Grenfell Tower inferno. 

Luca Branislav put Clarita Ghavimi over his shoulder and carried her out of her 11th floor flat as a blaze ripped through the North Kensington tower block last Wednesday.

The 66-year-old has desperately tried to find her rescuer in the last week, and was overcome with emotion as she embraced Mr Branislav and thanked him for saving her from the fire which claimed at least 79 lives.

Clarita Ghavimi was overcome with emotion as she was reunited with Luca Branislav

Clarita Ghavimi was overcome with emotion as she was reunited with Luca Branislav

Clarita Ghavimi was overcome with emotion as she was reunited with Luca Branislav

Luca Branislav slung the 66-year-old over his shoulder and carried her down some 11 flights to safety

Luca Branislav slung the 66-year-old over his shoulder and carried her down some 11 flights to safety

Luca Branislav slung the 66-year-old over his shoulder and carried her down some 11 flights to safety

Mr Branislav was fleeing the 11th floor when he knocked on Clarita’s door. 

He risked his own life as he slung Clarita over his shoulder and carried her through the smoke and down some 11 flights of stairs to safety.

Ms Ghavimi, who lived in Grenfell for 34 years, had tried to escape after being woken by alarms at 1.30am but could not make her way through the thick smoke filling the communal hallway.

She told the Evening Standard: ‘Three times I opened the door and the smoke pushed me inside, so I closed it again. I went to the kitchen window, and then back to the door again, and smoke was still coming in.

‘I could see the fire was coming up towards me.’ 

Ms Ghavimi, who lived in Grenfell for 34 years, had tried to escape after being woken by alarms at 1.30am but could not make her way through the thick smoke filling the communal hallway

Ms Ghavimi, who lived in Grenfell for 34 years, had tried to escape after being woken by alarms at 1.30am but could not make her way through the thick smoke filling the communal hallway

Ms Ghavimi, who lived in Grenfell for 34 years, had tried to escape after being woken by alarms at 1.30am but could not make her way through the thick smoke filling the communal hallway

As the pair were reunited in front of BBC camera, an emotional Ms Ghavimi said: ‘I opened the door and you grabbed me. 

‘I couldn’t leave and I’m still crying. I call my son as well, he is just hearing my breathing. My son realised I’m in trouble. I was just hearing ‘you, you okay? I got you.”

He told her: ‘You couldn’t breathe properly. You been in shock completely. It was just the perfect timing, otherwise who knows. [sic]’


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