Londoners in temporary housing after fire safety evacuations
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 24, 2017,
Jun 24, 2017, 13:14
Authorities in the London borough of Camden evacuated residents from five tower blocks with cladding similar to that on the Grenfell Tower after authorities said they could not guarantee the safety of the buildings.
Late on Friday, one municipal authority in north London began to evacuate almost 4,000 people from five tower blocks after firefighters said it was unsafe for them to stay.
A total of 79 people are presumed dead in the June 14 Grenfell Tower blaze in Kensington, west London.
"We've had everyone - council staff, volunteers, different councillors - all coming together with the fire service to move people safely out of their accommodation".
McCormack said the police investigation would look at the entire facade of the building, how the building was constructed and the refurbishment work.
"We want to identify all those who died as result of the fire at Grenfell Tower, and that is where I need the public's help", McCormack said.
Camden Council leader Georgia Gould said if residents had not left their properties after being visited again by officials on Saturday, "it will become a matter for the fire service".
Louise Simons, who lives in nearby Primrose Hill, came to the tower blocks to offer any displaced residents a spare bed for the evening.
The Grenfell Tower fire in London started with a faulty fridge, with police revealing they are considering manslaughter charges.
"I'm angry to an extent that they didn't tell us sooner".
And it's been confirmed that no cladding or insulation present in the Grenfell Tower building has been added to any high rise blocks in the borough.
Five blocks on the estate have similar exterior plastic panels to those fitted to the 24-storey Grenfell Tower.
The government says they will take action if there are any problems and says "Nobody will be living in buildings that are unsafe".
The council had said just 161 households in the Taplow building on the estate were being "temporarily decanted" to allow up to four weeks of work to the building.
London, Jun 24 One London community is evacuating some 800 households from five publicly owned apartment towers because of safety concerns following the devastating fire that killed 79 people in a west London high-rise last week.
But fire-safety experts have said the Grenfell disaster was probably due to a string of failures, not just the cladding.
CEP Architectural Facades said in a statement: "Individually, these materials can be integrated into a safe cladding system but certainly we recommend that in high-rise buildings class 0 rainscreen panels should only be used in conjunction with a non-combustible insulation material such as mineral fibre". The Hotpoint brand fridge-freezer has not been the subject of a recall in the parts but is now being examined.
Metropolitan Police Detective Superintendent Fiona McCormack said: "What we are being told at the moment by the Building Research Establishment is that the cladding and insulation failed all safety tests".
The cladding has since failed all safety checks.
Hotpoint says 64,000 units were made between 2006 and 2009, when they were discontinued. So far only nine people have been formally identified and police said the remains of some might never be found, the blaze having been so fierce. Another firefighter wrote "Our hearts go out to everyone touched by this tragedy".