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Lakanal House disaster: Hundreds of towers still not fire checked

Thousands of tower blocks across London could pose a fire risk to residents because they have not been assessed for fire safety

An investigation by BBC London, using freedom of information requests, has found that at least 300 high-rises have not been checked by local authorities in the wake of the blaze at the 12-storey Lakanal House, on the Sceaux Gardens estate in Southwark in July in which six people died.

According to the report, the worst offender is Lambeth Council, which has carried out assessments on only two out of 112 blocks.

A Lambeth Council spokesman told the BBC: ‘Lambeth Council’s housing stock is larger than most other boroughs, and by December all blocks over 10 storeys will hold a valid fire safety risk assessment, with the remaining high-rise blocks being completed by March 2010.’

The responses from councils revealed there are a further 63 in Westminster, 72 in Greenwich and 34 in Hammersmith and Fulham.

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