UK finds 34 high-rise apartment buildings with unsafe siding

UK finds 34 high-rise apartment buildings with unsafe siding

UK finds 34 high-rise apartment buildings with unsafe siding

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In a statement, Mr Corbyn, who is at Glastonbury Festival, said: "Tower blocks across the country have now failed fire safety tests in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster".

The London Fire Brigade concluded that the towers of 800 flats were unsafe and evacuated residents could spend up to 4 weeks in hotels while the cladding is removed from the building.

Thousands have already been evacuated from high-rise blocks in Camden, north London, although other local authorities will make their own decisions based on the nature of their area's housing stock.

During one such confrontation, a 72-year-old with emphysema challenged the council leader Saturday morning, saying she had spent the night sitting in a chair outside her home because she was told she could not enter temporary accommodation with her dog.

"I know it's hard, but Grenfell changes everything and I just don't believe we can take any risk with our residents' safety and I have to put them first". Inside (the centre), they are all afraid, they are all crying.

Camden Council leader Georgia Gould said if residents had not left their homes after being visited again by officials on Saturday, "it will become a matter for the fire service". "If they say weeks, they mean months".

Police said cladding attached to the 24-storey public housing project during a recent renovation failed safety tests conducted by investigators, and they had seized documents from a number of organisations.

"There is nothing for him here, everyone is on top of each other", she explained. He said: "It was a rush, I didn't know anything". As a result, Chalcots residents were being sent to hotels across the city. Some refused to leave.

Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May, who has been criticized for her slow response to the Grenfell tragedy, said Saturday that the government was supporting Camden officials to ensure residents have somewhere to stay while building work is done. The apartments were evacuated overnight after fire inspectors concluded that the buildings, in north London's Camden area, were unsafe because of problematic fire doors, gas pipe insulation, and external cladding similar to that blamed for the rapid spread of a fire that engulfed Grenfell Tower on June 14.

DS McCormack said the Hotpoint FF175BP model had not been subject to any product recall but the building's cladding, tiles and insulation failed safety tests carried out as part of the investigation.

"The initial tests on equivalent aluminum composite tiles failed the safety tests".

The cladding was installed on the 24-storey council-owned Grenfell Tower, which was built in 1974, as part of a refurbishment completed past year.

Police fear the toll may rise higher because some residents may have been living in the tower illegally.

Edward Strange, who lives on the 11th floor of the Taplow Tower, was on his way to the airport when he heard about the evacuation on the radio and returned to find council workers in neon security vests directing residents to a nearby community centre, where they were offered air beds on a badminton court.

May stressed on Thursday that all Grenfell victims, regardless of their immigration status, would be able to access whatever help they need.

Meanwhile, the Liberal Democrats have said that a civil emergency needs to be declared to deal with tower block evacuations.

Nine patients remain in hospital, of which three are in a critical condition.

Officials said Friday that the blaze started in a faulty refrigerator, but the cladding installed during a recent multimillion-dollar refurbishment of Grenfell Tower is believed to have exacerbated the inferno, which consumed almost all 24 floors in about an hour.

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