dglobalnews.com Sixty high-rise buildings fail safety tests after London fire - UK government
Published: Mon, June 26, 2017
Global Media | By Cecelia Webb

Sixty high-rise buildings fail safety tests after London fire - UK government

However, not every block in the country that fails the test will be evacuated like the ones in Swiss Cottage.

The government said on Saturday that the cladding samples that failed fire safety tests came from 34 apartment towers in cities including London, Manchester, Plymouth and Portsmouth. Police say 79 people are either dead or missing and presumed dead in the blaze, although that number may change.

People living in 20 flats on the estate were still refusing to vacate their homes late on Saturday evening as the local authority warned it could explore legal routes to "require people to leave their homes".

But Ms Ryan said she was "appalled" that it was in a state of disrepair when they arrived and returned to her north London home despite Camden Council warning residents "must leave". Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said further testing "is running around the clock".

That, combined with the presence of flammable cladding encasing the buildings, meant residents had to leave immediately, she said.

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service said it had carried out joint inspections with One Vision Housing, Sefton Council and local authority housing teams.

The Local Government Association said some councils had introduced 24-hour a day warden patrols, to mitigate the risk before cladding is removed.

Gould said the council is looking at accommodation including student halls and opening up newly built social housing, with hopes that by Monday 50% of tenants will be accommodated in the borough.

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Other high-rise buildings, such as some used by the NHS, are also being tested. 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.

She added: "The last thing I want to do is force people out of their homes, and the conversations I have been having with residents in these buildings is that they are happy to work with us".

"I know it's hard, but Grenfell changes everything and I just don't believe we can take any risk with our residents" safety and I have to put them first.

"I offered to pay for fire stations to be stationed outside all of those blocks so we could have a couple of days to get the work done but the message was there was absolutely nothing I could do to make those blocks safe that night".

Gould said it would "become a matter for the fire service" if residents stayed in their homes after being spoken to again by officials.

The evacuation comes amid widening worries about the safety of high-rise apartment blocks across the country following the inferno that engulfed Grenfell Tower on June 14, killing at least 79 people.

Refurbishment of the Chalcots towers was overseen by Rydon, the same company involved in the recent renovation of the now-devastated Grenfell Tower.

Camden Council said it made a decision to evacuate the buildings on the Chalcots Estate late last Friday after fire inspectors reported the blocks were unsafe.

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