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UK: All samples from high-rise towers fail fire safety tests

UK: All samples from high-rise towers fail fire safety tests”

Tests have confirmed the cladding used on all Doncaster's high-rise blocks was not the same as used at Grenfell Tower, is fire resistant and meets safety standards, the council said.

Over 600 apartments were evacuated overnight after fire inspectors concluded that the buildings, in north London's Camden area, were unsafe because of problematic fire doors, gas pipe insulation, and external cladding similar to that blamed for the rapid spread of a fire that engulfed Grenfell Tower on June 14.

Camden Council said it made a decision to evacuate the buildings on the Chalcots Estate late Friday after fire inspectors reported that the blocks were "not safe for people to sleep in overnight".

Britain said 34 high-rise apartment blocks had failed fire safety checks carried out after the deadly Grenfell Tower blaze, including several in north London where residents were forced to evacuate amid chaotic scenes.

Those affected described scenes of confusion as they were told the council was unable to guarantee residents' safety, They are asked to find alternative accommodation or report to a local leisure centre, where hundreds of mattresses had been laid out.

The June 14 tragedy left 79 people dead or missing presumed dead and many injured. Others were being put up in hotels and other housing projects. Some residents said they learned about the evacuation from the television news hours before officials came knocking on doors.

Gould had announced the evacuation after a review of the blocks found cladding similar to that which had been on Grenfell Tower, as well as fire risks on insulation surrounding gas piping.

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The fire has become a flashpoint for public anger at the record of May's Conservative Party in government following cuts to local authority budgets created to lower the national deficit.

Ms Gould told us it was hoped the work to remedy the tower block's safety issues would be completed within a month.

Battling to save her position after losing her majority in a June 8 election, May has promised to do everything she can to protect those residents who survived the fire and to improve the quality and safety of public housing in Britain. I saw it on the TV, so I packed an overnight bag. "There's no organization and it's chaos", she said. Other residents were distraught that they were ordered to evacuate but were told to leave their pets behind in buildings that could be risky.

All of the buildings for which external cladding samples were so far submitted failed combustibility tests, Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said.

Police said Friday they are 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. But fire-safety experts have said the blaze was probably due to a string of failures, not just the cladding.

Refurbishment of the Chalcots Estate was overseen by Rydon, the company involved in the refit of Grenfell Tower, according to the Rydon website.

The Liberal Democrats called on the Government to immediately ban the use of flammable materials in high-rise buildings. McCormack said the Hotpoint model FF175BP refrigerator-freezer had not been subject to any product recalls before the fire. "The priority is to make sure that the people in those blocks have somewhere that they can directly go to and making sure that they are safe".

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