London fire: 600 buildings have similar cladding

Pierre Vaugeois
Juin 22, 2017

The Government has said that tests on cladding in other blocks shows that flammable material was used in a number of recent refurbishments elsewhere in Britain.

Councils were told to give details to the government about the cladding they used in the tower blocks by Monday.

She said local authorities and fire services have been informed and are taking steps to make affected buildings safe and to inform residents.

The 24 storey Grenfell Tower building caught fire just over a week ago, in a blaze that spread rapidly up the building, causing many to suggest the cladding was responsible, and resulting in significant damage to the property, with a tragic loss of 79 lives at the latest count, with others still missing and unaccounted for.

The cladding used on Grenfell Tower has not been used on any high-rise blocks of flats owned by Brighton and Hove City Council.

Officials working on the emergency response to the tragedy said every Grenfell resident had been allocated a key worker to provide "wrap around care" and help them access vital housing, financial and counselling support.

She also said resources would be available to everyone affected by the fire, regardless of their immigration status.

Each new home will be fully furnished and completed to a high-specification, the government says.

"In terms of the people who are living in those buildings, we will do a further test to make sure the buildings are safe - obviously nobody will be living in buildings that are unsafe".

Making a statement to the Commons, Mrs May said "no stone will be left unturned" and that the chair of the inquiry into the disaster will produce an interim report "as soon as possible".

"We can confirm that none of the cladding on local council high-rise blocks is made from the same material, or supplied by the same company, as the cladding on Grenfell Tower". We will ensure that they are involved in every step of this process.

The disaster heaped pressure on Prime Minister May, already fighting for her political survival after a snap election saw her party lose its parliamentary majority.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said firefighters were "traumatised", "overstretched and understaffed" in the wake of the London Bridge terror attack and the Grenfell blaze, and called for the "whole issue of the security of our fire service" to be looked at.

Prime Minister May also announced that the investigation into whether the cladding and external insulation on Grenfell Tower, specifically, met existing fire safety regulations, would be published in the next 48 hours.

Nicholas Holgate, chief executive of Kensington and Chelsea council, said he was forced out by the government.

Justice4Grenfell spokeswoman Yvette Williams told the Press Association: "He (Mr Holgate) wasn't left with any alternative, I think it was the right thing for him to do, the community had been completely abandoned by the local authority".

King's College Hospital confirmed that three of the 12 patients it received from the fire were treated with the hydrogen cyanide antidote Cyanokit.

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