Sixty high-rise buildings fail safety tests after London fire: United Kingdom government

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Last night it emerged that 60 buildings in 25 local authority areas had so far failed cladding safety tests.

The apartments were evacuated overnight after fi. Some refused to leave their high-rise apartments.

Camden Council leader Georgia Gould said around 200 residents from 120 households were still refusing to leave their homes in four tower blocks evacuated in the Chalcots Estate in north London. The tower's cladding was believed to have rapidly spread that blaze.

But in Boston Department of Public Safety meeting notes dated 2015, proponents of the test argue the risky cladding hinders a fire department's access to the building as they must strip the combustible siding from the building before they can gain safe access to the inside.

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid confirmed all samples so far submitted have failed. It said about 650 apartments were evacuated, though initial reports put the figure at 800 apartments.

"My thoughts are with residents being evacuated in Camden while their homes are made safe tonight", she said via her official UK Prime Minister account. "He (the security guard) stood in front of the door and guys surrounded him and he said "we need to know who you are". We were just told, no warnings, no nothing.

Jo Miller, chief executive of Doncaster Council, said: "Although we have not been advised that this decorative capping detail should be removed, we have chose to remove it as a precautionary measure to reflect that the health and safety of residents is our main priority, and hope that this helps to reassure residents".

He added: "This is clearly a bad national disaster and demands a national response". Council workers guided dozens to a nearby gym, where they spent the night on inflatable mattresses. Others were sent to stay temporarily in hotels.

"Lack of information about number of victims and survivors is driving a wedge between authorities and those they are elected to serve".

Although not all the buildings affected have so far been named it is understood the block in Norwich is Brennan Bank on Geoffrey Watling Way.

"We hope to get many people into more secure accommodation as quickly as we can", she said.

Renee Williams, 90, who has lived in Taplow Tower since 1968, told Britain's Press Association: "No official came and told us what's going on". I've been back in the house and packed a suitcase, ready and waiting to leave.

Added to the cladding, the London Fire Brigade "also identified concerns relating to services that have been run through compartment walls leading to possible breaches in the buildings ability to stop fire spreading", Dan Daly, assistant commissioner for fire safety, said in a statement after the evacuation.

"For any guilty parties there will be nowhere to hide", she said.

Police said Friday they are considering filing manslaughter charges in the Grenfell disaster and they were conducting a wide-ranging investigation that will look at everything that contributed to it.

The manufacturer of the insulation used to clad Grenfell Tower said they would stop using the product on high-rise buildings.

Refurbishment of the Chalcots towers was overseen by Rydon, the same company involved in the recent renovation of the now-devastated Grenfell Tower.

The British government was not immediately available for comment.

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