60 high-rise buildings fail safety tests so far after London fire

Posted June 29, 2017

Twenty seven high-rise residential towers in 15 council areas in England have failed fire cladding safety tests, the government said on Saturday. The fire rapidly spread through the outside of the building as panel after panel of the aluminum cladding covering the building caught flames.

"I'm going myself back to the blocks to knock on doors and have those conversations", she told BBC News.

"Whilst both the Scottish government and our social housing providers have moved quickly to take action and to allay fears, it is important that our committee provides an additional layer of scrutiny both in terms of fire safety and building standards".

Detective Superintendent Fiona McCormack told reporters, "We are looking at all health and safety and fire safety offenses, and we are reviewing every company at the moment involved in the building and refurbishment of Grenfell Tower".

All high-rise tower blocks tested across the United Kingdom so far for flammable material similar to the cladding related to the blaze at a 24-storey residential tower in London last week have failed their compulsory fire safety tests. "It's hard to trust anyone now, because if they come and tell me something, we won't know".

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A huge fire has engulfed a 24-story apartment block in West London.

Thousands of residents in a sprawling north London housing estate were left wondering when they could return home on Saturday after fire checks carried out in the wake of the deadly Grenfell Tower blaze found the buildings to be unsafe.

On Friday, authorities ordered the evacuation of four tower blocks in the Chalcots Estate in north London out of safety concerns - a move backed by London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

Landlords should get potentially flammable building materials tested as soon as possible, he added.

"They made people panic".

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The Camden blocks between 2006 and 2009 were refurbished by the same company that had renovated Grenfell and had the same unsafe cladding.

"The fact that all samples so far have failed the tests underlines the value of the testing programme we have set up with the Building Research Establishment to get samples checked properly in the laboratories".

Families with newborn babies and a Second World War veteran were among those ordered out of their homes after fire officers said they could not guarantee the safety of the buildings, with more than 100 staying in the Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre overnight and others sleeping in hotels. If that means changes to regulations as a result of what comes out of the inquiry and the work that the police and the fire service are doing - then we will make those.

The council said residents would be out of their homes for three to four weeks while it completes fire-safety upgrades.

As tests continue to avoid a repeat of the horror which broke out at the Grenfell Tower on June 14, the Association of British Insurers said it had warned of the risks posed by cladding in feedback to a government policy document.

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