UK update: 27 high-rises have dangerous cladding

Frederick Owens
June 24, 2017

The Grenfell Tower has sparked urgent safety reviews across councils with tower block accommodation.

The decision to evacuate the buildings came after apartment blocks across Britain were inspected to see if they had similar fire hazards as the Grenfell Tower.

Many people gathered at a nearby leisure center used as a temporary shelter complained about the chaotic situation. Some refused to leave their high-rise apartments.

"The cost we can deal with later", said leader of Camden council, Labour's Georgia Gould.

The Department for Communities and Local Government's announcement comes amid a national safety operation to identify buildings with cladding like that used on the tower block in north Kensington.

Haunted by the specter of the tower in flames, local authorities and businesses up and down the country have been carrying out checks on cladding on their tall buildings, amid speculation that the insulation and cladding fitted to the Grenfell Tower fueled the fire's rapid spread.

Residential areas in north London witnessed chaos and confusion on Saturday as hundreds of residents from four apartment blocks were forced to evacuate amid fears over the buildings' high fire risk.

If you have any concerns about the fire safety arrangements in your building, you should initially contact your housing provider.

"I know it's hard, but Grenfell changes everything".

Officials say they acted because fire officials said they could not guarantee the safety of residents.

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Residents said they had been given no warning before being asked to leave their homes, and some said they had learned they would be leaving by watching the news. Others were being put up in hotels and other housing projects.

Now they face a wait of potentially weeks for the council to make the buildings safe by removing the cladding and carrying out other remedial works. Officials first announced the evacuation of one building, then expanded it to five, then later reduced it to four.

Another resident, Andrea Kevric, shared her frustrations at the fact that she had got to the sports centre where those being evacuated were being directed to find herself being sent to yet another place to find out where her and her epileptic child would be housed.

McCormack's comments followed a pledge by London Mayor Sadiq Khan to seek an amnesty for people who may have been living in the tower illegally.

She added: "We have been offered a hotel in Wembley now".

On Friday, police said they were considering filing manslaughter charges in the Grenfell incident.

She confirmed detectives had established that the fire broke out in a fridge-freezer and was not started deliberately.

The government has ordered an "immediate examination" of the unit to establish the cause of the fire and whether any further action is needed.

Hotpoint said on Friday that "words can not express our sorrow at this awful tragedy" and added it was working with authorities to examine the appliance.

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