UK PM pledges help for hundreds of evacuated

UK PM pledges help for hundreds of evacuated

UK PM pledges help for hundreds of evacuated

27 London tower blocks were evacuated in the weeks following the fire as buildings failed fire safety tests.

One London community is evacuating some 800 households from five publicly owned apartment towers because of safety concerns following the devastating fire that killed 79 people in a west London high-rise last week.

Families with newborn babies and a Second World War veteran were among those ordered out of their homes after fire officers said they could not guarantee the safety of the buildings, with more than 100 staying in the Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre overnight and others sleeping in hotels.

The announcement comes after the boss of Kensington and Chelsea Council resigned following criticism of the London authority's response to the Grenfell tragedy.

Some residents said the first they heard of the evacuation was on the news. On Sunday, British finance minister Philip Hammond said the type of panels used, which are cheaper than non-combustible panels, were banned for use in high rise buildings in Britain, as they are in Europe and the United States.Omnis said combustible Reynobond PE material was safe to use on high rise buildings if the insultation material usually put behind the panels was made of incombustible material such as mineral fibre.

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) later confirmed that the polyethylene filling between the two Reynobond aluminium panels did not pass building regulations for tower blocks over 59 feet and a flame retardant material should have been used instead.

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Authorities in London evacuated roughly 650 apartments in a high-rise complex overnight, citing fears that the complex bore numerous safety issues that Grenfell Tower did.

It's thought that a number of children who previously lived in the now burnt out 24-storey tower block attend the school while others are from the surrounding area and likely know those affected by the horrific fire.

It also said there were concerns about the insulation of gas pipes going into flats, and fire doors. "We had very little fire cover for London".

Camden Council's Labour leader, Georgia Gould, said the council had acted "as swiftly as we possibly can" to ensure people's safety. "I'll just have to accept it now".

The council said residents would be out of their homes for three to four weeks while it completes fire-safety upgrades.

"At 8:30pm (1930GMT) yesterday they told us: "you have to leave", I don't understand why", Murtaza Taha, 27.

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Residents from all five Chalcots towers were initially evacuated, but one of the five - Blashford - was deemed safe and residents allowed to return.

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Glynn Luznyj said: "Although we can see something has gone seriously wrong for the fire at Grenfell Tower to have progressed the way it did, we cannot speculate what actually happened or caused it".

"We are looking at every criminal offence from manslaughter onwards", Detective Superintendent Fiona McCormack told reporters.

Labour has stepped up its attack on the Government over the tragedy, with shadow home secretary Diane Abbott claiming the victims died as "a direct outcome of Tory attitudes in social housing".

Cllr Bramer said: "We are aware of one block of flats outside the ownership of the council, which is below 18m in the city of Hereford that has a form of ACM cladding".

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