You have to get out now, council boss tells tenants

Grenfell Tower the fire is thought to have spread so quickly in part because the building’s cladding acted like a chimney

Across the country, at least 15 local authorities reported that tower blocks in their area had cladding that had failed fire safety tests.

The tests come amid widening worries about the safety of high-rise apartment blocks across the United Kingdom following the inferno that engulfed Grenfell Tower on June 14, killing at least 79 people.

May said 151 homes were destroyed in the fire, which includes the 120 flats in the tower as well as some adjacent residences.

Police said on Friday that the fire at Grenfell was started by a faulty refrigerator but quickly spread through the building due to the highly-flammable cladding, as well as tiles and insulation that failed safety tests.

The fallout from the recent Grenfell Tower tragedy continues to be felt across London and elsewhere.

Newlon Housing Trust said the 22-storey tower block was fitted with the same cladding reportedly used on Grenfell Tower.

Cladding on nine high-rise blocks has been identified as being made from aluminium composite material (ACM), which was used on Grenfell Tower.

Nearly 60 firemen were called to Waxham House, north London, on Sunday evening.

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Together Housing, which manages the properties, Jumples Court, Mixenden Court and Wheatley Court, say they are submitting samples of the cladding but an initial visual inspection suggests it is not the same type as that used on the Grenfell Tower.

Several people who were in the hallways, stairwells and common parts of the block were told to evacuate whereas those who where in their flats and smoke or heat was not affecting them were told to stay in their flat.

"I said to fire services, 'Is there anything I can do to make this block safe tonight?' I offered to pay for fire services to be stationed outside those blocks just so we could have a couple of days to get the works done", Gould told BBC Radio 4, according to The Guardian.

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said testing of potentially combustible cladding "is running around the clock".

The LGA went on to explain that a number of councils had already introduced additional fire safety measures in buildings, like 24-hour a day warden patrols when advice from the fire service is clear that this will mitigate against fire risks ahead of the removal of cladding.

So far, some 60 blocks have failed safety tests, while there are another 540 to be assessed. "We are looking at all health and safety and fire safety offenses, and we are reviewing every company at the moment involved in the building and refurbishment of Grenfell Tower".

The new figure is a significant jump from the 34 high-rise buildings in England deemed unsafe by the government on Saturday. Survivors can not believe that the death toll has not risen.

A blog post by James Pauley, president and CEO of the NFPA, said that outdated fire safety codes and standards and the acceptance of reduced safety requirements to save money were blamed as other factors in the national decline of fire safety standards.

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