London high-rise buildings fail fire safety tests after Grenfell disaster

Residents leave the Taplow tower block

Camden Council leader Georgia Gould said around 600 council flats have been evacuated due to concerns over "combustible" external cladding, insulation, gas pipes and fire doors.

Some 4,000 residents of the Chalcots Estate in Camden, north London, were told to vacate their apartments on Friday after the Fire Brigade ruled that their blocks were unsafe.

Some 60 high-rise buildings in 25 local authorities across the country have now failed fire cladding safety tests after the Grenfell Tower disaster, the Government has said.

Burnham residential tower on the Chalcots Estate.

Residents have criticised the chaos the evacuation move has caused to their lives as they are housed in temporary accommodation and hotel rooms acquired by the local council.

Outside one of the leisure centers, evacuees accused the authorities of sowing "panic".

They will conduct regular checks of fire safety equipment such as dry-risers and make sure self-closing fire resistant doors are in full working order. Inside (the centre), they are all afraid, they are all crying.

She added: "The thing that makes me angry is that we watched the news, we tried to evacuate and they sent us back, they said they were only taking Taplow".

Louise Archer, executive property director, for Broadland Housing, said: "Although we don't have any high-rise properties, only medium-rise, we wanted to put additional measures in place to reassure our tenants", explained Louise Archer, Executive Property Director, Broadland Housing. If I'm there for weeks I don't know how I'm going to deal with it, it's too far away.

Dozens refused to leave their homes.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn described the failed tests as a "nationwide threat" as he urged the Prime Minister to convene the Government's emergency committee to provide a "national response".

Metropolitan Detective Superintendent Fiona McCormack, who is leading the investigation, said the Hotpoint FF175BP model had not been subject to any product recall but the building's cladding, tiles and insulation failed safety tests carried out as part of the investigation.

It said in a statement: "Where cladding fails the test, this will not necessarily mean moving residents from tower blocks".

They were found to have similar cladding to that used on the Grenfell Tower, which contains material that can easily catch fire.

Five tower blocks in Camden have exterior cladding and insulation similar to that used on Grenfell Tower, installed by the same contractor in 2006.

The shocking reality has forced authorities to evacuate hundreds of homes.

She said officers had been through all levels of the tower but that the full forensic search could take until the end of the year. Police have consistently said the death toll is expected to rise.

Around 72 firefighters were called to another blaze at a block of flats in east London on Saturday, forcing the evacuation of residents, but no casualties were reported. They need to solve it, they need to open up their houses.

"We hope to get many people into more secure accommodation as quickly as we can", she said.

"They are the ones who created this problem".

Nine patients remain in hospital, of which three are in a critical condition. Attention has focused on the 24-story tower's external cladding material, which has been blamed for the rapid spread of that blaze.

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