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

Paterniano Del Favero
Giugno 27, 2017

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.

He said he wanted the authority to work with Kent Fire and Rescue to find out "what tests have been conducted on what building products and what is the failure of those products".

Mr Javid said: "I can inform the House that as of midday today the cladding from 75 high-rise buildings in 26 local authority areas has failed the combustibility test".

So far, Camden Council has been the only local authority known to have asked residents to leave as a precaution.

"Having to evacuate people from their homes is always going to be distressing for those residents, especially when we have to do it at such short notice", Gould said in a statement after the evacuation.

But around a 120 flats the four tower blocks here remain occupied, their residents refusing to leave.

My thoughts are with all those residents affected by the evacuation of tower blocks in Camden. Others were being put up in hotels and other housing projects.

Frank notes that officials estimate it will take three to four weeks to make the buildings safe.

Many residents complained that they only found out about the evacuation through television and were not properly informed.

She told The Independent: "They are doing nothing". She added that "our first priority is people's safety".

He said the council was now looking into how "best and swiftly" the cladding can be removed.

Flammable external cladding that is widely used to provide insulation and enhance the appearance of buildings has been identified as the culprit in the Grenfell disaster.

A decision is due to be made soon on whether to remove all the cladding.

"Working with fire service experts to assess risks, a number of councils have already introduced other fire safety measures in buildings, such as 24-hour a day warden patrols, when advice from the fire service is clear that this will mitigate against fire risks ahead of the removal of cladding", it added.

Ms Gould told us it was hoped the work to remedy the tower block's safety issues would be completed within a month. It is the responsibility of the landlords and freeholders to advise their residents what to do in the event of a fire in the building, based on the findings of their risk assessment. McCormack said the Hotpoint model FF175BP refrigerator-freezer had not been subject to any product recalls before the fire.

He added: "This is clearly a awful national disaster and demands a national response".

With similar cladding on other tower blocks also failing, it is undoubtedly a major concern.

Fears about cladding are not limited to apartment buildings. It is suspected this was behind the fire spreading so rapidly and killing at least 79 people.

In a statement, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: "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".

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