A man who spent 9 months completing a model of the Grenfell Tower in a tribute to its victims is said to be devastated after it was destroyed whilst being displayed in a London Art Studio.
The Tower Tribute, which stood at 2ft 4" high was painstakingly completed by retired teacher and model maker Mr Walter Trowley at his suburban London semi-detached.
Mr Trowley used 41,806 matches to create the Tower Tribute, spending an estimated 2000 man hours gluing them all together in an exact reconstruction of the ill-fated building.
An art studio employee commented, "it was unbelievably tragic, a man just stood near it and lit a fag and it was up in flames in seconds, there wasn't even time to react before it was just a pile of ashes."
Mr Trowley, visibly shaken, stated "This shouldn't have happened, I coated it with council recommended fire proof cladding, I said at the time that toilet roll is flammable but they insisted it wouldn't ignite."
No one was hurt in the incident, but one man did try to claim compensation for minor burns.