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Monday, 26 June 2017

In U.K., All 60 Buildings Tested So Far for Fire Safety Have Failed


Residents left their homes on the Chalcots Estate in northwest London on 
Monday. Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

LONDON — All 60 high-rise buildings in Britain that have been tested for fire safety since the Grenfell Tower tragedy have failed, government officials said on Monday, raising concerns that even more buildings may have to be evacuated while emergency repairs are undertaken.
Hundreds of families were ordered to evacuate apartments in the five high-rise buildings of the Chalcots Estate in northwest London on Friday night in an urgent scramble after it emerged that, among other safety risks, the buildings had exterior cladding similar to that used on Grenfell Tower. At least 79 people died in Grenfell Tower on June 14, in London’s deadliest fire in more than a century.
An estimated 4,000 residents of the more than 800 apartments in the Chalcots Estate were advised to leave their homes, many of them resorting to sleeping on air mattresses in a nearby hospitality center. But at least 100 residents refused to budge, even as local officials were knocking on their doors and urging them to get out.
One of the residents, Roger Evans, 51, who works in film production, has lived for three years at Taplow, one of the towers in the Chalcots Estate. He said on Monday that security staff at the building had tried to block him from entering his apartment, that the council was threatening legal action if residents refused to leave and that an “occupied” sign had been put on the outside of his apartment.
“The whole exercise has been a massive knee-jerk overreaction,” he said, standing outside the tower block, as some residents rushed in and out to remove their belongings. “They could just do the work quietly around us. People have been displaced, they don’t know how long for, and are angry. I am refusing to go and I have no intention of going until necessary.” Read more

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