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Hundreds Evacuated From London Towers as Fire Fallout Widens

Nellie Chapman | 25 June, 2017, 04:17

"Grenfell changes everything and I don't believe we can take any risks", Camden Council leader Georgia Gould told reporters, following urgent safety checks.

The announcement came as around 3,000 residents of the Chalcots Estate in Camden, north London, face weeks in temporary accommodation after four tower blocks were evacuated.

"It's happening immediately. we could not be sure that people could be safe".

The council's leader, Gould, said it would take up to four weeks to fix the blocks that were evacuated and said that some 4,000 residents were affected.

"I've made the really, really hard decision to move the people living there into temporary accommodation while we do the urgent works to guarantee safety", Gould told reporters outside the public housing complex.

Hotel rooms are being arranged for those residents who are not able to stay with family or friends during the repairs, which are expected to take up to four weeks.

Over 600 apartments were evacuated overnight after fire inspectors concluded that the buildings, in north London's Camden area, were unsafe because of problematic fire doors, gas pipe insulation, and external cladding similar to that blamed for the rapid spread of a fire that engulfed Grenfell Tower on June 14.

Ms Davidson said she was rescued from an earlier fire at Taplow in 2012 by crews from Belsize fire station.

Pilgrim Tucker, a community organiser working with the Grenfell Action Group, said in a statement released by the Radical Housing Group: "It's beyond disgusting that after all these people have been through, losing their neighbours and watching their homes burn to the ground, authorities are prepared to tell them that they have hours to pick up their bags and move to some unknown destination..."

Prime Minister Theresa May offered "every support" to those being evacuated.

McCormack said police were investigating companies involved in the building and refurbishment of the tower, and possible "health and safety and fire safety offences".

A spokesman for the DCLG said: "As soon as results of tests are received we share the information with building owners and the fire service for them to decide what the next steps".

Some 34 high-rise buildings in 17 local authorities across the country have failed fire cladding safety tests in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster, the Government has said.

"They made people panic".

According to NPR, most jurisdictions throughout the United States have adopted the International Building Code, which requires cladding on all tall buildings to pass a National Fire Protection Association standard called NFPA 285.

"Words can not express our sorrow at this awful tragedy", Whirlpool said in a statement.

Buildings in 17 local authorities are now known to have cladding which is not compliant with current regulations - including towers in Manchester, Camden, Plymouth, Hounslow, Portsmouth, Barnet and Brent.

"However, we are doing what we can to ensure residents in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire feel safe in their homes and know what to do in the event of a fire". She said: "If the fire station wasn't around the corner then, I wouldn't be sat here talking to you know".

Celotex, which makes the RS5000 insulation boards in the tower's rainscreen cladding, insisted no building over 18m tall would be fitted with the material.

London Police say manslaughter charges are among moves being considered over the Grenfell Tower fire that killed at least 79 people.