More high-rises fail fire safety tests

More high-rises fail fire safety tests

Cladding on 60 high-rise buildings across 25 local authority areas in England has failed fire safety tests, the government has said. Tests are taking place on the fire resistance of cladding on up to 600 buildings following the Grenfell Tower fire in North Kensington on 14 June. The Department for Communities and Local Government said all buildings examined so far had failed the test. Councils were told to prioritise buildings they had most concern over….

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Pakistan oil tanker fire kills scores

Pakistan oil tanker fire kills scores

At least 123 people were killed when a lorry transporting oil burst into flames in the Pakistani city of Bahawalpur, local officials say. They say dozens of people were badly burned as they tried to collect fuel leaking from the vehicle. Those injured are being treated in hospital. Firefighters are now at the scene tackling the blaze. Unconfirmed reports suggest the tanker had overturned because of speeding, and later caught fire. Eyewitnesses say some people…

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Cladding fire tests failed by 27 high-rise blocks

Cladding fire tests failed by 27 high-rise blocks

Media playback is unsupported on your device Cladding on 27 tower blocks in 15 council areas in England has failed fire safety tests, the government says. This comes after Camden Council became the first authority to evacuate residents over fire safety concerns, asking people living in four high-rise buildings to leave late on Friday. The council said it had no option but to move residents of 650 flats on the Chalcots estate while work takes…

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Camden flats: Hundreds of homes evacuated over fire risk fears

Camden flats: Hundreds of homes evacuated over fire risk fears

Media playback is unsupported on your device More than 700 flats in tower blocks on an estate in the Swiss Cottage area of north-west London have been evacuated because of fire safety concerns. Camden Council said people in four towers on the Chalcots estate were moved for “urgent fire safety works”. The council added it was booking hotels but around 100 residents have spent the night on air beds in a leisure centre. The estate’s…

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Grenfell Tower: Fire started in Hotpoint fridge-freezer, say police

Grenfell Tower: Fire started in Hotpoint fridge-freezer, say police

The Grenfell Tower fire in London started in a fridge-freezer, and outside cladding and insulation failed safety tests, police say. The Metropolitan Police say manslaughter, health and safety, and fire safety charges will be considered. A total of 79 people are feared dead after the blaze destroyed 151 homes in the Kensington tower block and nearby. In Salford, cladding is to be removed from nine of its residential tower blocks because of safety concerns. The…

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London fire: Kensington council chief quits over Grenfell tragedy

London fire: Kensington council chief quits over Grenfell tragedy

The chief executive of Kensington and Chelsea council has resigned amid criticism over the borough’s response to the Grenfell Tower fire. Nicholas Holgate said Local Government Secretary Sajid Javid asked for him to go – this is denied by the government. Mr Holgate said last week’s fire in North Kensington, in which at least 79 people died, was “heart-breaking” but his presence would be a “distraction”. Residents had condemned the initial relief effort as “absolute…

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London fire: Flats acquired for Grenfell Tower survivors

London fire: Flats acquired for Grenfell Tower survivors

Sixty-eight social housing flats in Kensington, London, are to be made available to survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire, the government has said. The one, two and three-bedroom flats are located in two blocks that stand alongside a large luxury development, where private homes go for up to £8.5m. At least 79 people died and many more were left homeless after fire engulfed the North Kensington tower a week ago. PM Theresa May has apologised…

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London fire: Sadiq Khan says tragedy caused by years of neglect

London fire: Sadiq Khan says tragedy caused by years of neglect

Media playback is unsupported on your device The Grenfell Tower fire was a “preventable accident” caused by “years of neglect” by the local council and successive governments, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has said. After attending a service for victims, Mr Khan said the fire was a national disaster requiring a national response. Kensington and Chelsea Council’s leader said officials had been working “around the clock” since the fire on Wednesday. The government says all…

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