London homes evacuated in wake of Grenfell Tower fire

Residents are evacuated from the Taplow residential tower

The towers in the Swiss Cottage area of north London, containing around 800 homes, were deemed unsafe following urgent tests on their exterior cladding, which was installed by the same contractor as on the Grenfell Tower.

She said: "The Government is working with those local authorities affected by this issue to ensure that they're able to do what is necessary on the ground to reassure people about the safety of their blocks, if necessary to evacuate people, and take action to make those tower blocks safe".

Gould said that evacuating the five tower blocks was a "really, really hard decision" but needed to be done while urgent first safety work, which is due to take three to four weeks, was completed.

A spokesman said: "Local councils are category one responders under the Civil Contingencies Act, which means that they work with police, fire and other emergency services to handle a major incident".

Residents trooped out of the buildings Friday night with suitcases and plastic bags stuffed with clothes as council workers in high-visibility security vests guided them to a local community center where some spent the night on inflatable beds.

Detective Superintendent Fiona McCormack, who is heading the investigation, said every organization involved in refurbishment of the 24-level tower block is being investigated.

British police have said they are considering bringing manslaughter charges over the Grenfell fire, the most deadly blaze in London since World War Two. Together we decided that the Taplow block needs to be temporarily decanted while we undertake urgent fire safety works so that residents can be fully assured of their safety. A Sky News reporter asked resident Karim how he found out that he had to move out and he replied "on the news, I was watching the TV and we were just sitting there watching and suddenly we were just told to come here and leave".

"Preliminary tests show the insulation samples collected from Grenfell Tower combusted soon after the tests started".

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A nationwide safety operation was launched after the disaster amid fears dozens of residential tower blocks could be swathed in the same material.

The fire has become a flashpoint for public anger at the record of May's Conservative Party in government following austerity-driven cuts to local authority budgets. McCormack said the Hotpoint model FF175BP refrigerator-freezer had not been subject to any product recalls before the fire. Until now, public attention has been focused on external cladding material that is widely used to provide insulation and enhance the appearance of buildings.

The announcement comes after it was revealed that 600 tower blocks across the country have cladding "similar" to the tower in London in which 79 people are believed to have died last week when flames ripped through the building.

Edward Strange said: "We've had two fires here since the cladding was put on and both fires didn't spread so I don't see what the problem is".

"Things have gone horribly wrong in the case of Grenfell and with the failures of safety at Camden".

"My thoughts are with residents being evacuated in Camden while their homes are made safe tonight", she said. "No they're not", she said.

"In the meantime, we'll complete a full review of our blocks in conjunction with our fire safety specialist advisor".

Mohammed Sharif, who has lived on the Chalcots estate since 2009, told ITV News he was "confused", before adding "I don't know where they are going to take me. where can I go".

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