UK: All building cladding samples tested failed fire safety

Randolph Lopez
June 26, 2017

"We are now rapidly identifying buildings of concern: samples are being tested very quickly; fire inspectors are checking the safety of the buildings as a whole; and we have issued interim safety guidance", he said.

Areas so far affected include the city of Manchester, Camden, Plymouth, Hounslow, Portsmouth, Barnet and Brent.

Residents are being told to go to the rest centre at Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre where they can talk to council workers who will help them find temporary accommodation.

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.

Hundreds more blocks are still yet to be tested, with the Department for Communities and Local Government estimating that around 600 residential tower blocks nationally are fitted with cladding.

Four of the five Chalcots Estate towers in Camden, north London, were deemed unsafe after they were found to use cladding similar to that on Grenfell, widely blamed for the rapid spread of the massive blaze last week.

People were told to leave as darkness began to fall, with some taking belongings in suitcases and carrier bags, and some locals saying they only learned of the evacuation as they watched the news.

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. Nationwide threat In a statement, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn reacted to the test results: "This is now a nationwide threat and the Prime Minister needs to get a grip and lead a national response, including convening the Cobra committee to coordinate Government and public action", he said.

He added that "for the moment, certainly for today" they would continue to try to persuade and reassure people that the council was acting on the fire authorities' advice, with the best interests of the residents at heart.

The announcement came after Communities Secretary Sajid Javid revealed all of the buildings that have so far submitted cladding samples have failed combustibility tests.

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They were found to have similar cladding to that used on the Grenfell Tower, which contains material that can easily catch fire.

"However, the insulation material behind this outer cladding is a "rockwool" material which is a non-combustible product, unlike the case of the Grenfell Tower, where the insulation was a combustible type".

She said she was told by the man, who she has not seen before, that she could not take her animals outside.

The charred remains of Grenfell Tower.

The Government announced suppliers have agreed to write off outstanding utility bills for victims of the fire.

The MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington also blamed the disaster on Tory attitudes towards social housing.

While many people have been able to stay in their homes despite the fire risk, thousands of residents from 650 flats in north London were evacuated on Saturday.

Residents expressed their anger at the short time they were given to vacate their homes.

However, she explained that "there are various legal routes that Camden Council could explore" if people refuse to leave their homes.

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