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Sixty high-rise buildings fail safety tests after London fire-UK government

Sixty high-rise buildings fail safety tests after London fire-UK government

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. A local London council.

A resident of Dornay tower apartment building looks out of the top floor apartment, part of the Chalcots Estate in the borough of Camden, north London, Saturday, June 24, 2017.

Britain's housing safety scandal intensified on Saturday as officials confirmed that 27 tower blocks in 15 council areas of England had failed fire safety tests.

Investigation has revealed that the deadly Grenfell Tower fire, which has claimed at least 79 lives, was started by a Hotpoint fridge-freezer before spreading to the building's combustible cladding.

Camden Council leader Georgia Gould said she "could not ask residents to stay in here for an extra night" due to safety concerns over gas insulation and cladding at the Chalcots Estate flats.

Whilst the cladding met building regulations the fire service said it did not meet the latest Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) test criteria.

"We want to work with residents who are yet to evacuate and strongly encourage them to leave their homes and fix up temporary accommodation".

London Mayor Sadiq Khan backed Camden Council's decision to evacuate the apartment blocks.

Construction work continues on Blashford and will begin on other four blocks today.

Hundreds of residents hastily packed their bags and sought emergency shelter, with many angry and confused about the chaotic situation.

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.

Chalcots resident Shirley Philips who raised her concerns to Ms Gould said she was given no notice before being told she must leave her home.

27 apartment blocks in 15 areas fail fire cladding tests - United Kingdom govt.

Manchester, Camden, Plymouth, Hounslow, Portsmouth, Barnet and Brent were named as having buildings that had failed tests by Mr Javid.

Thiry-four high-rise apartment blocks in the United Kingdom have failed fire safety checks carried out after the deadly Grenfell Tower blaze, including several in north London where residents were forced to evacuate amid chaotic scenes. The tower's cladding was believed to have rapidly spread that blaze.

But Ms Ryan said she was "appalled" that it was in a state of disrepair when they arrived and returned to her north London home despite Camden Council warning residents "must leave".

And on Saturday, Camden officials stressed the urgency of removing the cladding to the dozens of people refusing to leave.

The council is working with police, firefighters and the British Red Cross to help the evacuees. It said about 650 apartments were evacuated, though initial reports put the figure at 800 apartments.

Wandsworth Council leader Ravi Govindia said the tragic events at Grenfell House had "brought this issue into sharp focus" and said he was not prepared to run the risk of something similar happening in the borough.

Speaking to BBC Breakfast, she said: "We've had a huge effort overnight to evacuate people".

Leaving on foot, some with suitcases and bags, hundreds made their way to the nearby Swiss Cottage library to be allocated a hotel for the night after the council block-booked rooms across London.