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"Concerning" that buildings are failing safety tests - UK PM's spokesman

26 Juin 2017

Chalcots Estate resident Mandy Ryan said she felt intimidated and "bullied" by security as she tried to exit the building which the local council are trying to evacuate amid concerns over its cladding. The apartments were evacua. Camden Borough Council said in a statement Saturday that it housed numerous residents at two temporary shelters while many others were provided hotel rooms, after inspectors found fire safety issues in housing towers, following the inferno in a west London apartment block that killed 79.

London Fire Brigade carried out fire safety assessments on Castlemaine Tower and Sudbury House at the weekend and found there was no need for evacuation.

LONDON - The list of high-rise apartment towers in Britain that have failed fire safety tests grew to 60, officials said Sunday, revealing the mounting challenge the government faces in the aftermath of London's Grenfell Tower fire tragedy. "In Camden, the decision to evacuate was based on fire inspectors' concerns about a combination of other fire safety concerns together with the cladding", the association, which represents local government councils, said.

Outside cladding is the focus of investigations into why the Grenfell blaze spread so quickly - trapping residents in their sleep and killing at least 79 people in London's deadliest fire since World War Two.

A public inquiry is due to determine how the unsafe cladding was allowed to be fitted onto Grenfell in the first place.

HUNDREDS of council tenants have been warned to expect door knocks through the night as officials attempted to force them to leave tower blocks which are deemed risky.

Camden Council leader Georgia Gould told Sky News she was planning to knock on doors herself in a bid to persuade those remaining residents to take up the offer of alternative accommodation.

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.

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May said Saturday that the government is working with Camden Council and others to address fire safety in residential blocks nationwide.

Cladding is thought to have contributed to the rapid spread of the fire.

The Chalcots estate was refurbished between 2006 and 2009 by Rydon, the same firm that oversaw work on Grenfell Tower in 2015 and 2016.

"In my discussions with building standards professionals in the Scottish government, they were able to recount to me the responses that they have made over a number of years to specific events and specific fires".

The blocks are four of 60 so far which have been found to have the flammable cladding similar to that feared to have played a key role in spreading the flames at Grenfell Tower in Kensington last week.

"If they say weeks, they mean months". Look, you've got to err on the side of caution.

As the charred skeleton of the 24-storey Grenfell block looms over the west of the city, London MP David Lammy said trust has hit "rock bottom" as many in the local community believe more than 79 people were killed.