About 800 London households to evacuate following Grenfell tower fire

24 June, 2017, 00:52 | Author: Brian Mcdaniel

But Ms Gould later told Sky: "We think at the moment it's about 800 (households) but it's an emerging picture".

"Although the exterior cladding panels are similar to those reportedly used at Grenfell Tower, the insulation materials behind the exterior panels are different and made from a non-combustible mineral fibre material" he said.

She says: "Why have they left it 'til half past eight on Friday night to start getting residents out?"

Radius Housing Association, which owns Durham House said the safety and well being of their residents "is of paramount importance".

'This means that we need to move residents from their homes and into temporary accommodation.

Firefighters and emergency workers who battled the inferno have been leaving messages and tributes to the victims at a makeshift memorial near the charred apartment block.

The announcement came as it was revealed manslaughter charges are being considered by detectives investigating the blaze in the tower in west London, which had failed fire safety tests.

Heartbreaking messages written on red London Fire Brigade T-shirts offer poignant tributes alongside flowers, toys and candles at the shrine.

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

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Residents are to be evacuated from five council tower blocks over fire safety fears in the wake of the Grenfell Tower blaze.

Another firefighter wrote "Our hearts go out to everyone touched by this tragedy".

Councillor Richard Cornelius, leader of Barnet Council, said removing the cladding from three tower blocks in the area was a "precautionary measure". "We did our best I promise".

Authorities now acknowledge the risks posed by exterior cladding to thousands of people around the country who live in blocks like Grenfell Tower.

One shirt bearing the London Ambulance Service logo said: "We refuse to forget you".

'In addition, we will visit all premises identified to check the fire safety of the building and make sure that in the event of a fire, firefighting facilities are all in place. "That's the number I'm really anxious about".

Buildings in London, Manchester and Plymouth are among those where problem cladding has been identified.


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