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Grenfell Tower: 95 tower blocks fail fire safety tests

Tamar Tower in Plymouth (left) which was reclad in the 1990s

The government has announced that every tower block tested in the wake of the Grenfell tragedy has failed fire safety tests

Up to 95 tower blocks in 32 local authorities have now failed tests on cladding in the wake of the fire, which killed up to 79 people in west London on 14 June.

In a statement, communities secretary Sajid Javid said that local authorities and fire services had been alerted to the results of the tests.

Not all of the building have been named but it is understood that five tower blocks in Sunderland, four in Manchester, three in Barnet and three in Plymouth have failed tests.

The news comes as Camden evacuated five tower blocks in the borough over the weekend due to fire safety fears.

A Camden council statement said: ’As a result of ongoing checks the decision has been taken to decant residents from all five tower blocks at the Chalcots Estate.

’We have council staff on site providing information and guidance to residents who are being provided with temporary accommodation.

‘Where residents can stay with family and friends we are encouraging them to do this. But if this isn’t possible we are providing temporary accommodation.’

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Grenfell Tower fire burnt out exterior external_JC8T6M-2

  Local authority area No. of buildings
1 Barnet 3
2 Brent 1
3 Camden 5
4 Doncaster 1
5 Hounslow 1
6 Islington 1
7 Lambeth 1
8 Manchester 4
9 Norwich 1
10 Plymouth 3
11 Portsmouth 2
12 Stockton on Tees 3
13 Sunderland 5
14 Wandsworth 2
15 - 26 In addition 11 other areas where cladding test failed 42
 Total – 26 areas   75

Readers' comments (2)

  • Why have the blocks failed? Flammable insulation? Lack of cavity barriers? Alarms? Escape stairs? Poor derailing or construction?

    We need to evaluated the problems and prioritise actions to make things good. The debates in Parliament have only illustrated the lack of experience most MPs have in these areas. Alighting on the seemingly obvious, blaming "the cuts" finger pointing and providing no short or long term solutions. The local authorities can move fast to make sure stairs are not blocked with discarded furniture etc, and run fire drills with residents having the chance to meet in assembly areas. Know your neighbours and look out for them.

    Contact your local council, and make sure they are on the ball?

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  • I'll never forget staying in an apparently smart high-rise hotel in India where the stairwell was jam packed with discarded furniture - thought it was a third world problem and maybe we're in the third world here, really, if we're honest.

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