Superstar Adele has paid a visit to some of the heroic firefighters who tackled the devastating Grenfell Tower blaze last week.
The singer, who also showed her support by visiting the scene of the inferno a day after it ravaged the west London high-rise tower block, met a handful of firefighters from Chelsea Fire Station on Monday.
Firefighter Rob Petty shared a photo of the “wonderfully grounded” mum-of-one, 29, laughing as she joined them for a cup of tea.
He wrote: “Not everyday the wonderfully grounded and caring Adele pops into Chelsea Fire Station for a cup of tea and a cuddle.”
A second image shows the make-up free star sandwiched between the firemen while posing in front of a fire engine.
Over the weekend, the same Chelsea firefighters left a red London Fire Brigade shirt on a wall near the scene of the blaze with a message which includes the poignant words: “We did our best I promise”.
They added: “Our hearts go out to everyone touched by this tragedy.”
Another, signed FF [firefighter] Tipper, said: “Forever in our thoughts so sorry we couldn’t get to all of you.”
Touchingly, members of the public have written their own messages on the shirt to congratulate the fearless firefighters.
Several people have written “well done” and “thank you”, while others called them “heroes”.
Firefighters rescued 65 people from Grenfell Tower in the early hours of Wednesday morning, arriving just six minutes after they were called.
Meanwhile, Adele kept a low profile when she attended the vigil being held for the victims and survivors last week.
The Tottenham-born singer, wearing a long black dress and reportedly joined by husband Simon Konecki, was said to be comforting people at the scene of the blaze.
“Adele was going around and hugging everyone she could to comfort them,” an Adele fan account wrote on Twitter.
Another praised: “The fact that Adele has gone to Grenfell tower and not said a word about it just proves how amazingly sincere she is… Adele is an angel, she deserves heaven, biggest heart ever, so proud of her.”
“Adele was spotted at Grenfell Tower today offering her support to everyone affected by the tragedy,” said a third.
On Monday, police said the death toll from the fire had risen to 79.
“I believe there are 79 people that are either dead, or missing, and sadly I have to presume are dead,” Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy told reporters.
A minute’s silence was held across Britain at 1000 GMT to honour the victims of the fire – a painfully familiar ritual after the country has been hit by three deadly attacks by Islamist extremists in London and Manchester since March.
At an improvised memorial wall covered in messages of grief and solidarity close to Grenfell Tower, firefighters and members of the local community stood together, some crying, as they observed the minute’s silence.
One firefighter, in his black protective suit with FIRE emblazoned in yellow on the back, embraced a distraught woman who had photos of a missing person printed on her top.
A red t-shirt with the London Fire Brigade’s logo had been placed by the memorial wall, with the name of a nearby fire station and the words “We tried, we’re sorry” scrawled on it.