London fire: Cladding in other buildings 'combustible'

Pauline Gross
June 22, 2017

Chancellor Philip Hammond said he was "not privy" to any conversations between Mr Holgate and Mr Javid, but told the programme: "Where we have seen during this awful tragedy at Grenfell Tower that we are less well organised is around the second line of response - how we support the victims, how we deal with people who are, for example, made homeless by a disaster like this".

"Shortly before I came to the chamber, I was informed that a number of these tests have come back as combustible", she said.

If there is a fire elsewhere in the building, the fire service says residents are usually safer to stay put in their own flat and call 999 to tell the fire fighters where they are.

The British premier told Parliament that as many as 151 homes had been destroyed in the massive fire on June 14, majority in Grenfell Tower and some in the vicinity of the building.

Demonstrators hold a banner demanding justice for the victims of the recent deadly apartment block fire at Grenfell Tower, as they march towards parliament in central London Wednesday June 21, 2017.

May said all families who lost their homes in Grenfell Tower will be re-housed within three weeks.

Amid questions over fire safety provisions at Grenfell Tower, the union representing firefighters who tackled the blaze told Sky News it has "major concerns" over building regulations in England.

Cllr Damian White, said; "Following the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower we are paying particular attention to fire safety to ensure our residents are as safe as possible and any recommendations arising from these routine checks will be implemented".

"We have also taken steps to make private landlords aware and have made our checking facilities available to them for free".

The departure of Kensington and Chelsea council's chief executive in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster has been welcomed by campaigners and politicians.

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In a statement last night, Nicholas Holgate said that his resignation had been sought by Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Sajid Javid.

The Kensington Row announcement came as more than 70 health and safety organisations and experts sent an open letter to the Prime Minister, Theresa May, urging her Government to "scrap its approach to deregulation of health and safety legislation" in the light of the disaster.

"For any guilty parties, there will be nowhere to hide", she said, adding that the Grenfell Tower investigation will not be used as a pretext to carry out immigration checks.

"We can not and will not ask people to live in unsafe homes", she said, adding that relevant local authorities and fire services had been informed but without specifying what action would be taken.

"We want to ensure when the judge takes charge, people feel they can have full confidence in the inquiry", she said.

- Quick responses to the tragedy, rather than "waiting for ages" for an inquiry to come to a conclusion.

St Edward is a joint venture between Prudential and the Berkeley Group around 1.5 miles from Grenfell Tower.

Last week, angry protesters stormed local authority headquarters demanding justice for victims and survivors.

Mrs May said more information will be released later about where the at-risk blocks of flats are located.

"Landlords have a legal obligation to provide safe buildings and where they can not do that we expect that alternative accommodation is provided", she said.

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