“In Camden, the decision to evacuate was based on fire inspectors’ concerns about a combination of other fire hazards together with the cladding”.
The local authority areas with buildings that failed tests include Manchester, Portsmouth, Plymouth, Hounslow, Brent and Camden. Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said further testing “is running around the clock”. It said about 650 apartments were evacuated, though initial reports put the figure at 800 apartments.
“Councils are contacting residents living in tower blocks whose cladding has failed tests and working with fire services to establish what action needs to be taken”.
“By remaining in the blocks these residents risk delaying the work that is required and that we are undertaking to make these homes safe”.
“People have had to decide, you know, in a few minutes you know, all their possessions, what to do with them, what they might need, I don’t know, for an indefinite period of time”, said a woman.
He added: “This is clearly a awful national disaster and demands a national response”. “In others it’s been necessary for people to move out on a temporary basis and that is what happened in Camden last night. Staff are busy completing this work now, and we will keep residents updated”.
“Lack of information about number of victims and survivors is driving a wedge between authorities and those they are elected to serve”. Around 200 firefighters and 20 fire trucks have been deployed to tackle the blaze as rescue workers try to evacuate the building in Lancaster West Estate in North Kensington.
Many residents complained on Saturday that they only found out about the evacuation through television and were not properly informed.
Mother-of-six Najmon Adam, who has lived in Bray for 12 years, said she would remain in her property until the council found accommodation in the borough for her family. “There’s no organization and it’s chaos”, she added. “If they say weeks, they mean months”.
A public inquiry is due to determine how the unsafe cladding was allowed to be fitted onto Grenfell and other buildings in the first place.
An investigation into the safety of high-rise residential blocks in Scotland is to be carried out in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster.
The Metropolitan Police said cladding attached to Grenfell during a recent renovation failed safety tests conducted by investigators. We were just told, no warnings, no nothing. Fiona McCormack told reporters.
That fire at Grenfell Tower spread rapidly, turning the burning building into a giant torch and terrifying residents. On Friday, authorities announced that a refrigerator or freezer probably started the blaze.
But he emphasised that failure of cladding in testing would not necessarily result in a similar evacuation because the Camden case had uncovered multiple fire safety failures alongside the unsuitable ACM material. One hotel chain, Premier Inn, has calling in experts to check its buildings.