London high-rise buildings fail fire safety tests after Grenfell disaster

In its latest update, the DCLG said that samples from 60 high rise buildings across 25 local authority areas have now failed tests.

The Burnham residential tower block on the Chalcots Estate in north London, where five residential towers have been identified as having combustible cladding.

Police says 79 people are either dead or missing and presumed dead in the blaze, although that number may change. The local council says it could take up to four weeks to fix the buildings.

Not all the buildings affected had been named.

The estimated bill for the United Kingdom government to replace flammable cladding on housing blocks could top £600m and possibly go even higher if residents have to be evacuated during building work.

One tower block resident in West Dunbartonshire said he welcomed news that building standards and conditions would be subject to further scrutiny.

The Leader of Camden Council has said some 200 residents are refusing to leave four tower blocks evacuated over fire safety concerns in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster. The majority of the residents of the four buildings were evacuated on Friday night.

The Scottish government announced last week that it was working "intensively" with councils to establish the safety of high-rise flats. "However, we really don't want to do this".

Outside cladding is the focus of investigations into why the Grenfell blaze spread so quickly - trapping residents in their sleep and killing at least 79 people in London's deadliest fire since World War Two.

Chalcots was refurbished between 2006 and 2009 by the same firm, Rydon, that oversaw work at Grenfell Tower in 2015-16.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4's The World This Weekend, Lord Kerslake, the former head of the civil service who who now chairs the Peabody housing association in London, called for the process to be accelerated.

The spokesman said the authorities had the capacity to test 100 samples of cladding material a day and were nowhere near reaching that number.

Hotpoint said it was working with authorities to examine the appliance, adding "words can not express our sorrow at this awful tragedy".

Potentially risky cladding is removed from an estate in Manchester.

Following the Grenfell Tower disaster, concerns have been raised about the safety of various buildings which also have cladding across the country. While visiting worshipers at a north Kensington mosque to offer his support to victims of the Grenfell fire, London's Mayor Sadiq Khan defended Camden's decision to evacuate residents.

Urgent tests are ongoing in eight areas to check privately owned blocks, but most councils report these have also not used the aluminium composite material.

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