Saturday, 24 June 2017

Camden council evacuates tower block to avoid Grenfell repeat

Camden evacuate tower block over 'safety fears' following Grenfell fire
Hundreds of residents are being evacuated from a tower block because of safety concerns following the Grenfell Tower fire.
Camden Council revealed Friday that residents in 161 flats on the Chalcots estate in London will be evacuated.
The removal of homeowners is to allow ‘urgent fire safety works’ to take place, local council leader Georgia Gould said.
Camden evacuate tower block over 'safety fears' following Grenfell fire

Fears were raised following the blaze last week, which saw at least 79 people killed.
Leader Gould said the Taplow building would be ‘temporarily decanted’ – and work could take ‘two to four weeks’.
In total, more than 800 households will be evacuated in several tower blocks.
The council had already announced it would immediately begin preparing to remove cladding from five towers on the estate discovered in checks following the fire.
In a statement this evening Ms Gould said firefighters and council officials had inspected the estate today.
She added: ‘Together we decided that the Taplow block needs to be temporarily decanted while we undertake urgent fire safety works so that residents can be fully assured of their safety.
‘This means that we need to move residents from their homes and into temporary accommodation.’

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