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London council evacuates residents amid fire safety concerns

24 June 2017

Those living in the Taplow block on the Chalcots estate are to be rehoused in temporary accommodation following a joint inspection of the block by the London Fire Brigade and Camden Council.

"It's vital for all of London's residents who live in high-rise buildings, that we learn from investigations into what caused and exacerbated the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower".

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

In a statement on Friday evening Ms Gould said firefighters and council officials had inspected the estate on Friday. We will also be working with residents to test white goods (PAT testing), assessing fire doors in properties and we will be providing fire safety advice to residents.

Whirlpool, which owns Hotpoint, said, "We offer our most profound condolences to the victims, those who have lost loved ones, homes, and possessions, and to their friends and families".

Detective Superintendent Fiona McCormack says officers have seized documents in the investigation into the fire.

The revelation comes after today's confirmation from the Metropolitan Police that the Hotpoint fridge, model number FF175BP, started the fire. "Where do they think we're all going?"

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She said: "They've had the fire brigade here all day, Camden Council, police.why have they left it til 8.30 at night to start get residents out".

Police said both the insulation and tiles used in cladding at the 24-storey Grenfell Tower block failed all post-fire safety tests.

Hotpoint said Friday that "words can not express our sorrow at this awful tragedy" and added it was working with authorities to examine the appliance.

"It's happening immediately. we could not be sure that people could be safe".

A spokesman for the firm said: "In view of the focus on rainscreen cladding systems and the insulation forming part of them, Celotex believes that the right thing to do is to stop the supply of Celotex RS5000 for rainscreen cladding systems in buildings over 18 metres tall with immediate effect, including in respect of ongoing projects, pending further clarity".

Fears about cladding are not limited to apartment buildings - at least one hotel chain is calling in experts to make certain it meets safety regulations.

Buildings in London, Manchester and Plymouth are among those where problem cladding has been identified. Premier Inn said Friday it had "concerns" about the material used on some of its buildings, though it is different from the type used at Grenfell Tower. "We did our best I promise".

London council evacuates residents amid fire safety concerns