27 apartment blocks in London fail fire safety tests

27 apartment blocks in London fail fire safety tests

27 apartment blocks in London fail fire safety tests

The results of fire safety tests are being distributed to the relevant fire services and landlords.

The local authority areas with buildings that failed tests include Manchester, Portsmouth, Plymouth, Hounslow, Brent and Camden.

Mrs May said the Government was working with those in the Kensington and Chelsea area to ensure people who lost their homes following the blaze at Grenfell Tower were rehoused within three weeks and provided with financial support.

Detective Superintendent Fiona McCormack was asked on Friday whether the insulation and aluminium tiles used on Grenfell were acceptable for such buildings. Residents say they were given little notice and were forced to seek emergency shelter.

Several local councils said they were removing cladding from the facades of buildings that had failed the tests.

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Britain's Press Association reports that dozens of people have refused to leave their homes on a London housing estate, defying efforts by officials to evacuate some apartment blocks due to fire safety concerns.

Residents leave a tower block at the Chalcots Estate in the Camden district of London on Friday as officials stepped up fire-safety checks.

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. Carl McDowell, 31, said he took one look at the inflatable beds offered on the floor of the leisure center and went back to his own apartment. Some said they learnt about the evacuation on television news before officials came knocking on doors. Inspectors uncovered problems with "gas insulation and door stops", which combined with the presence of flammable cladding meant residents had to leave immediately, council leader Georgia Gould said in a tweet.

Britain has been rocked in recent days by a fire which killed at least 79 people when it engulfed a 24-storey building in west London on June 14, trapping residents in their beds as they slept. Combustible cladding used to insulate that tower and improve its appearance has been blamed for the rapid spread of the blaze.

"This will determine whether or not the cladding should be removed and replaced, and if so what the appropriate replacement should be", said the statement, adding "f If we receive further instructions from the Fire Brigade or any other statutory authority we will of course comply with them and will continue to meet with and update our residents on the situation.".

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Police, fire crews, the British Red Cross and other volunteer group helped in the evacuations.

Speaking at an event celebrating Armed Forces Day in Liverpool, Theresa May revealed "it wasn't just a question of the cladding" but "a number of other issues" with the Camden tower blocks that concerned the fire service. The unusual evacuation follows the fire that claimed at least 79 lives in a London high-rise last week.

That fire at Grenfell Tower spread rapidly, turning the burning building into a giant torch and terrifying residents.

People gather in a leisure centre in Swiss Cottage, north London, Saturday June 24, 2017, after the local council evacuated some 650 homes overnight.

"The London Fire Brigade advised that there were a number of fire safety issues that we and the LFB were previously unaware of in the Chalcots buildings and recommended that residents should not remain in the buildings until these issues are resolved", Gould said in a statement early Saturday.

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