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Grenfell Tower fire survivors to be rehoused in luxury apartment building

The survivors of the deadly Grenfell Tower fire in London last week are being offered a new home. Communities Secretary Sajid Javid announced Wednesday that the government has acquired 68 apartments in a luxury building that will be available for survivors to move into by the end of July. After the devastating fire, which left an estimated 79 people dead, the government vowed to rehouse survivors in the local area.

The 68 apartments are part of recently constructed social housing in a £2 billion luxury complex. The building is located about 1.5 miles south of the Grenfell Tower, in the "more affluent south end of the borough," The Guardian reported. The price of private homes in the complex starts at £1.5 million, and private residents enjoy access to a swimming pool and a private movie theater.

The Department for Communities and Local Government said in a statement that each home for the survivors "will be fully furnished and completed to a high specification" and that there will be "liaison staff for each block so that residents are fully supported in settling in to their new homes."