UK: All building cladding samples tested failed fire safety

People arrive at alternative accommodation

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Here's an update we did around midnight with council leader Georgia Gould where she explains Chalcots evacuation https://t.co/5Sw1V7dhlQ pic.twitter.com/IKlqTHwCPn- Camden New Journal (@NewJournal) 24 juin 2017 Five tower blocks in Camden were cleared on Friday although one was later deemed safe.

The announcement came as around 3,000 residents of the Chalcots Estate in Camden, north London, face weeks in temporary accommodation after four tower blocks were evacuated.

"Work has continued during Saturday night and into Sunday morning to support residents who have been evacuated from the four blocks on the Chalcots Estate". A local London council. A local London council has chose to evacuate some 800 households in apar.

All high-rise tower blocks tested across the United Kingdom so far for flammable material similar to the cladding related to the blaze at a 24-storey residential tower in London last week have failed their compulsory fire safety tests.

Other tower blocks which have failed the tests are in Doncaster, Norwich and Stockton-on-Tees, while Manchester, Plymouth and Portsmouth have already been named.

Members of the emergency services watch as Grenfell Tower is engulfed by fire on June 14, 2017 in west London. Attention has focused on the 24-story tower's new external cladding material, which has been blamed for the rapid spread of that blaze, but multiple other fire risks have now been identified in some housing blocks.

The scope of Britain's fire-safety crisis broadened Saturday as London officials scrambled to evacuate four public housing towers due to concerns about external cladding, fire doors and insulation around gas pipes.

Every single building cladding sample so far has failed the tests, said Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

The number rose from 34 tower blocks across 17 local authorities.

"My thoughts are with residents being evacuated in Camden while their homes are made safe tonight", she said via her official UK Prime Minister account.

Carl McDowell, 31, said he took one look at the packed inflatable beds offered in the center's gym and went back to his own apartment.

Camden Council leader Georgia Gould told BBC News that 83 residents had refused to leave, adding the situation "will become a matter for the fire service".

Until the sprinklers can be fitted, the council is to "step up fire safety measures" at two high rise blocks in the borough which have been fitted with the unsafe type of external cladding used at Glenfell Tower.

The Camden blocks between 2006 and 2009 were refurbished by the same company that had renovated Grenfell and had the same unsafe cladding.

Fire safety at United Kingdom apartment blocks has been under scrutiny since a fire destroyed Grenfell Tower in west London on June 14.

Several local councils said they were removing cladding from the facades of buildings that had failed the tests. "In others it's been necessary for people to move out on a temporary basis and that is what happened in Camden last night".

The council is working with police, firefighters and the British Red Cross to help the evacuees.

"For everyone affected, we know that having to leave your home is distressing, and I understand that some residents are angry and upset". It said about 650 apartments were evacuated, though initial reports put the figure at 800 apartments. The unusual evacuation follows the fire that claimed at least 79 lives in a London high-rise last week.

Doncaster, Norwich, Stockton-on-Tees and Sunderland all had buildings that failed tests, the department said. "We're encouraging all residents to stay with friends and family if they can, otherwise we'll provide accommodation.Specialist staff are on the ground to assist residents with care needs".

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