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UK: 60 Buildings Deemed Unsafe

June 26, 2017

The British government announced on Sunday that 60 high-rise buildings in the country have been deemed unsafe after they failed combustibility tests.

The buildings are scattered across England, in 25 different areas.

The evaluation of certain buildings comes in the wake of the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower in Kensington on 14 June 2017.

The Grenfell Tower fire reportedly left 79 people dead and has been described as the worst fire that Great Britain has seen since the Second World War. The death toll is still expected to rise as an investigations continue.

Reports have suggested that it was the cladding used on the outside of Grenfell Tower that caused the fire to spread so rapidly. The government then launched an urgent operation to check other high-rise buildings using the same, highly combustible cladding.

According to the UK’s Department for Communities, these tests resulted in a 100% failure rate.

Secretary of State for Communities, Sajid Javid, told the media that plans are being made to evacuate the residents currently living in these ‘unsafe’ buildings.

“All landlords and fire and rescue services for these local authorities have been alerted to the results and we are in touch with all of them to support and monitor follow-up action,” he said.

Evacuations have started at several buildings, with residents being escorted by authorities to temporary accommodation in hotels and community centres.

On Saturday, thousands of residents from approximately 650 apartments in North London were evacuated from their homes.

The government has confirmed that Prime Minister, Theresa May, chaired a meeting of the Grenfell Tower Recovery Taskforce on Monday morning.