Saturday, 25 November, 2017

Massive Fire At London High-Rise Started In A Refrigerator, Police Say

Lillian Steele | 24 June, 2017, 01:15

Announcing the first closure in a statement on Friday evening Ms Gould said firefighters and council officials had inspected the estate on Friday.

Five residential London tower blocks were being evacuated on Friday (June 23) due to fire safety concerns over their external cladding following the deadly Grenfell Tower inferno.

Ms Gould said it was expected the work would take three or four weeks, adding: "We realise that this is hugely distressing for everyone affected and we will be doing all we can, alongside the London Fire Brigade and other authorities, to support our residents at this hard time".

She said it is thought the work would take three to four weeks, adding: "We realise that this is hugely distressing for everyone affected and we will be doing all we can, alongside the London Fire Brigade and other authorities, to support our residents at this hard time".

Deputy mayor Cllr Ann O'Byrne said: "We have a duty of care to residents to reassure them their buildings are safe, whether they live in a high or low rise block or one that has recently been refurbished. We did our best I promise".

"Grenfell changes everything", she said, referencing last week's devastating fire at Grenfell Tower.

One shirt bearing the London Ambulance Service logo said: "We refuse to forget you".

The outside cladding engulfed by the blaze has since been shown to fail all safety tests, police said.

Detective Superintendent Fiona McCormack told reporters that "we are looking at every criminal offense from manslaughter onwards".

Refurbishment on the Chalcots estate in Camden was overseen by Rydon, the company involved in the refit of Grenfell Tower, according to the Rydon website. Britain also ordered an immediate technical examination of the Hotpoint fridge model FF175BP, which had not been subject to any recall to establish whether further action should be taken, but said there was no need for owners to switch off their appliances.

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.

McCormack says: "What we haven't got is a picture of how many people might have been in there".

Teacher Kim Price, who lives in Blashford Tower with her 14-year-old son, said: "I really don't know what to do, I'm so scared right now". "The initial tests on equivalent aluminum composite tiles failed the safety tests".

Buildings in London, Manchester and Plymouth are among those where problem cladding has been identified.

Investigators will work to examine the construction of the 24-story west London building, including refurbishment and the exterior of the building, as well as the insulation.

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