UK finds 34 high-rise apartment buildings with unsafe siding
UK finds 34 high-rise apartment buildings with unsafe siding
27 tower blocks in 15 council areas fail cladding fire safety tests
25 June, 2017, 02:23
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Camden Council leader Georgia Gould said she "could not ask residents to stay in here for an extra night" due to safety concerns over gas insulation and cladding at the Chalcots Estate flats. But 83 households had refused to leave by Saturday morning.
The cladding on the buildings is similar to that of west London's Grenfell Tower, where at least 79 people died last week when a fridge-freezer sparked a blaze that consumed the building.
Mrs May said the Government was working with local authorities across the country to address fire safety concerns about tower blocks following the Grenfell Tower tragedy.
But some residents of the Camden buildings, collectively known as Chalcots Estate, expressed frustration with the lack of information they received about the evacuations.
25-year-old Ayman Ali, who lives on the ground floor of one the Chalcots towers, said that no one had asked him to evacuate his flat: "I've had no contact from anyone from the council for 24 hours or fire wardens so I chose to stay." .
One building, Blashford Tower, was removed from the evacuation order because it is smaller than the other four blocks, the fire doors are different and the council has already cleared corridors to increase fire safety, according to the council, which serves a swath of central London from the British Museum to Hampstead Heath.
Ms Gould said: "There are various legal routes that Camden Council could explore to require people to leave their homes, however, we really don't want to do this".
"Grenfell changed everything, and when told our blocks were unsafe to remain in, we acted".
"Having to evacuate people from their homes is always going to be distressing for those residents, especially when we have to do it at such short notice", Gould said in a statement after the evacuation.
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Frank notes that officials estimate it will take three to four weeks to make the buildings safe.
Many residents complained that they only found out about the evacuation through television and were not properly informed.
"I've sat in a chair over here since 9 o'clock last night, I'm 72 years old".
"At 8:30pm (1930GMT) yesterday they told us: "you have to leave", I don't understand why", Murtaza Taha, 27, told AFP.
"For any guilty parties there will be nowhere to hide", she said. 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.
Police said Friday that they were considering filing manslaughter charges in the Grenfell disaster and they were conducting a wide-ranging investigation that will look at everything that contributed to it.
"Preliminary tests on the insulation samples from Grenfell Tower show that they combusted soon after the test started", Detective Superintendent Fiona McCormack said in a televised statement.
Six emails sent by and to an Arconic Inc (ARNC.N) sales manager raise questions about why the company supplied combustible cladding to a distributor for use at Grenfell Tower, despite publicly warning such panels were a fire risk for tall buildings.
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