London council evacuates residents amid fire safety concerns

Geneva Matthews
June 24, 2017

The council had already announced that it would immediately begin preparing to remove cladding from the five towers on the estate discovered in checks following the fire in north Kensington. "We did our best I promise". "The initial tests on equivalent aluminium composite tiles failed also", said Met Police Detective Superintendent Fiona McCormack, who is overseeing the investigation.

A recall of Hotpoint fridge-freezer model numbers FF175BP or FF175BG has been issued while further tests are carried out, while a company spokesman said: "Words can not express our sorrow at this awful tragedy".

Downing Street has ordered an immediate examination of the model of refrigerator that is believed to have sparked last week's Grenfell Tower fire that killed at least 79 people.

The fire spread quickly through the tower block, leading to concerns that cladding on the building did not meet fire safety rules.

The Hotpoint fridge-freezers were manufactured by Italian company Indesit between 2006 and 2009 before the company was bought by Whirlpool.

While the death toll remains at 79, Ms McCormack addressed concerns that many more had died and were unaccounted for in official figures.

By Friday afternoon, the Government said 14 buildings across nine local authority areas in England were found to have flammable cladding. The call comes after London Mayor Sadiq Khan's pledge to seek an amnesty for people who may have been living in the tower illegally.

"All we care about is getting people safely into accommodation while we do these urgent works. That's the number I'm really anxious about".

"Preliminary tests show the insulation samples collected from Grenfell Tower combusted soon after the tests started".

"What we are being told at the moment by the Building Research Establishment is that the cladding and insulation failed all safety tests".

The panels were apparently produced in different grades making it different to identify precisely which material may have been used in specific cases, she said.

The Scottish government and Welsh ministers have said that none of their council high-rise blocks has a cladding of the type said to have been used in the Grenfell Tower. Along with Manchester, only Camden and Plymouth have been identified among this list. The cladding is being studied amid fears that the panels fueled the fire in the 24-story building that was engulfed in less than an hour.

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