Fire tests: cladding from 60 blocks across 25 areas fail safety checks


26 June, 2017

Camden council leader Georgia Gould said it chose to evacuate four blocks in north London's Chalcots Estate late Friday after fire inspectors uncovered problems with "gas insulation and door stops", which, combined with the presence of flammable cladding encasing the buildings, meant residents had to leave immediately.

"All landlords and fire and rescue services for these local authorities have been alerted to the results and we are in touch with all of them to support and monitor follow-up action", said local government minister Sajid Javid.

The government has said cladding on 60 high-rise buildings across 25 local authority areas in England, including Norwich, has failed safety tests in the wake of the tragedy which has claimed the lives of at least 79 people.

Camden council representatives help residents as they are evacuated from the Taplow residential tower block on the Chalcots Estate, in the borough of Camden, north London, Friday, June 23, 2017.

Britain's government says the list of high-rise apartment towers fitted with external cladding that failed fire safety tests has grown to 60.

About 50 residents displaced from their homes in the Chalcots Estate stayed in nearby Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre on Saturday night, a Camden Council spokesman said.

Dozens of residents have refused to evacuate, with both Camden Council and the London Fire Brigade advising in the strongest possible terms for those still inside their buildings to take up temporary accommodation. "The priority is to make sure that the people in those blocks have somewhere that they can directly go to and making sure that they are safe".

Fire officers talk to residents outside Burnham block, part of the Chalcots Estate in the borough of Camden, north London, Saturday June 24, 2017, after the local council evacuated some 650 homes overnight.

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The Liberal Democrats called on the Government to immediately ban the use of flammable materials in high-rise buildings.

"We are the victims, not the villains", she said.

"The cost we can deal with later", she added, explaining that £500,000 (RM2,399,886) had already been spent on hotel rooms for residents.

After an estimated 79 people died in a London high rise apartment building, United Kingdom investigators are pointing to a certain material used in the building for the fire's rapid spread.

Separately, cladding is to be removed from nine tower blocks in Salford while two buildings in the town of Bootle also had cladding that failed tests.

Chalcots was refurbished between 2006 and 2009 by the same firm, Rydon, that oversaw work at Grenfell Tower in 2015-16.

John Clark, chief executive of Plymouth Community Homes, said that in addition to current safety systems, extra measures were being introduced such as a sprinkler system, which would be installed in the next few months. Look, you've got to err on the side of caution.

The council said it could take two to four weeks for the four blocks to be made safe. "You can't play Russian roulette with people's safety", Khan told Sky News.

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