High-rise fire risk probed after Grenfell Tower blaze

Five residential London tower blocks were being evacuated on Friday (June 23) due to fire safety concerns over their external cladding following the deadly Grenfell Tower inferno.

Those living in the Taplow block on the Chalcots estate are to be rehoused in temporary accommodation following a joint inspection of the block by the London Fire Brigade and Camden Council.

A major evacuation is under way on a London housing estate over fire safety fears in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster.

Ms Gould said that it was expected the work would take three or four weeks, adding: "We realise that this is hugely distressing for everyone affected and we will be doing all we can, alongside the London Fire Brigade and other authorities, to support our residents at this hard time".

"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".

The panels were apparently produced in different grades making it different to identify precisely which material may have been used in specific cases, she said.

Meanwhile, the government ordered immediate checks of the Hotpoint FF175BP fridge-freezer - the model responsible for the fire.


Celotex, based in Hadleigh, supplied its RS5000 insulation to form part of the rainscreen cladding fitted to the tower block.

"We want to identify all those who died as result of the fire at Grenfell Tower, and that is where I need the public's help", McCormack said.

Resident Michelle Urquhart says she's angry because residents were assured as late as Thursday that the problem was being addressed.

Hotpoint said Friday that "words can not express our sorrow at this bad tragedy" and added it was working with authorities to examine the appliance.

Although Peter O'Reilly, county fire officer of Geater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service, declared the service satisfied that the building was safe, the organisation acted immediately to start removing the cladding.

The announcement came as it was revealed manslaughter charges are being considered by detectives investigating the blaze in the tower in west London, which had failed fire safety tests. Premier Inn said Friday it had "concerns" about the material used on some of its buildings, though it is different from the type used at Grenfell Tower.

Edward Strange said: "We've had two fires here since the cladding was put on and both fires didn't spread so I don't see what the problem is".

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