Two women feared dead in Grenfell Tower tragedy were threatened with legal action – after raising alarm about fire safety

Two women feared dead in the Grenfell Tower tragedy were threatened with legal action by housing bosses after raising fears about safety in the doomed block.

Mariem Elgwahry, 27, and mum-of-three Nadia Choucair, 33, are believed to have received letters warning them to stop a campaign calling for improved fire safety.

But the pair battled on in their fight against Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation in a bid to prevent the sort of disaster they both appear to have perished in.

Mariem and Nadia were helped in their protest by the Radical Housing Network. The groups Pilgrim Tucker said: The TMOs response was to threaten tenants with legal action and send out letters. Nadia and Mariem would have received them too.

They both just wanted to do their best for their neighbours and keep everyone safe. Things had got so bad they knew a disaster like this was inevitable, but if there was a chance of stopping it they were up for the fight. But no one listened and now this community is devastated. We have to get justice for them. The TMO treated tenants disgracefully and with disdain.

They bullied them and persecuted those like Nadia and Mariem who were brave enough to speak out, branding them troublemakers.

Their job was to listen to the tenants and make sure homes were safe and they didnt do that. If they had then this would never have happened.

Pilgrim told how Mariem and Nadia organised a barbecue and party for residents to get them involved, held protests outside the management offices and set up a petition, signed by 90 per cent of tenants.

And when the TMO still didnt listen, the pair encouraged householders to put up signs on their front doors and deny access to contractors who were carrying out a major refurbishment.

There have been claims cheap cladding used on the outside of the building may have helped the inferno spread quickly, trapping residents.

Just days ago it emerged Kensington and Chelsea Council threatened tenant Francis OConnor with legal action after he blogged about fire fears.

Lawyers accused him of defamatory behaviour and harassment.

And residents of a nearby block were handed legal letters on the morning of the deadly blaze warning their children about ball games.

Mariem is missing with mum Eslah, 64. A poster appealing for information about her had the words She didnt deserve this scrawled on it.

Nursery officer Nadia is feared to have died with husband Bassem, daughters Mierna, 14, Fatima, 11, and Zeinab, three, and her mum Sirria, 60, from Lebanon.

Her heartbroken brother Hisam Choucair, 39, had to be restrained by police as he tried to enter the burning tower to rescue his family from the 22nd floor. Wife Kona told how Nadias sister Sawsan heard the familys desperate cries for help on the phone as the inferno raged around them.

She said: She could hear the children screaming and crying in the background. Nadia said to her: Please, help us, the fire is here. Then the line went dead.

Hisam is devastated. He has lost his mum, his sister, his brother-in-law and his beautiful nieces.

Nadia was worried about safety after the refurbishment work. If more had been done to make the building safe, this wouldnt have happened.

KCTMO said it is fully co-operating with investigations and could not comment on the legal threats.

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