London council evacuates residents amid fire safety concerns

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London council evacuates residents amid fire safety concerns

Five residential London tower blocks were being evacuated on Friday (June 23) due to fire safety concerns over their external cladding following the deadly Grenfell Tower inferno.

Hundreds of further high-rise buildings are being tested by the Government to see if they pose a fire threat in the wake of the Grenfell tragedy.

"Grenfell changes everything and I don't believe we can take any risks", Georgia Gould, leader of the Camden Council local authority, told reporters.

A total of 79 people are either dead or missing presumed dead as a result of the Kensington blaze, according to police.

The renovations on the Chalcots estate is anticipated to take between three and four weeks, Gould said.

She added: "Together we decided that the Taplow block needs to be temporarily decanted while we undertake urgent fire safety works so that residents can be fully assured of their safety".

They will be moved to temporary housing, which includes hotels and homes of friends and family.

"Preliminary tests show the insulation samples collected from Grenfell Tower combusted soon after the test started", she said.

Tauranga mayor Greg Brownless said: "Naturally it's concerning if any of our buildings are coated in the same material as the Grenfell Tower but fortunately we do not have many high rises in the city". Fiona McCormack says authorities are "looking at every health and safety and fire safety offense and we are reviewing every company at the moment involved in the building and refurbishment of Grenfell Tower".

One shirt bearing the London Ambulance Service logo said: "We refuse to forget you".

"So if the same thing happens here we're pretty much screwed". "We have robust fire safety measures in place, with a state of the art fire alarm system for early detection, 24 hour on-site concierge service and all alarms are linked to a Careline system for added security".

Hospital buildings are being subjected to urgent fire safety tests over fears some may be covered in flammable cladding, it emerged last night. Along with Manchester, only Camden and Plymouth have been identified among this list.

Thousands of people may be living in potentially risky tower blocks after at least 11 buildings were revealed to have combustible cladding similar to that thought to have fuelled the Grenfell Tower fire.

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