Grenfell Tower response: 60 high-rise blocks fail fire safety tests

Jun 26, 2017, 01:24

Sajid Javid, the Communities and Local Government minister, told Sky News that along with the cladding problem, the local fire safety authority had found "multiple fire safety failures" including the insulation of gas pipes and missing fire doors.

The number of tower blocks to have failed fire safety tests in the wake of the Grenfell tragedy has leapt to 60 in latest figures released by the Government.

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 that is presumed to have killed 79 people.

In a statement the Local Government Association emphasised that a failed cladding test would not necessarily mean evacuation of a block.

A young person looks out from inside the Dorney block, part of the Chalcots Estate in the borough of Camden, north London, Saturday June 24, 2017, after the local council evacuated some 650 homes overnight. "We're encouraging all residents to stay with friends and family if they can, otherwise we'll provide accommodation.Specialist staff are on the ground to assist residents with care needs".

He did, however, agree with that the council had done the right thing given the circumstances.

Ms Ikran was one of the few who were able to be taken to a hotel but she said she can not stay there without being able to feed her children - regardless of the £100 food and expenses allowance which has been allocated to each displaced family.

Burnham residential tower on the Chalcots Estate.

Camden Council's Labour leader, Georgia Gould, said the council had acted "as swiftly as we possibly can" to ensure people's safety.

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Ms Ryan said: "We are not the villains here, we are the victims".

"The cost we can deal with later", she added, explaining that £500,000 (RM2,399,886) had already been spent on hotel rooms for residents.

"We will work with and support the emergency services and relevant authorities to safeguard the public", she said.

Earlier it was reported that 27 buildings had failed the safety test.

"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".

John Clark, chief executive of Plymouth Community Homes, said that in addition to current safety systems, extra measures were being introduced such as a sprinkler system, which would be installed in the next few months.

The council said residents must leave immediately because of those issues and because the towers were encased in similar cladding to the material used at Grenfell Tower.

Yesterday the Gentoo Group, which runs the city's social housing, confirmed that five tower blocks in the St Peter's area of Sunderland - Church Street, Dock Street, Zetland, Victor and Dame Dorothy - were having decorative panels removed following the results of tests.

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