Holyrood committee to review Scottish tower block safety

Thiry-four high-rise apartment blocks in the United Kingdom have failed fire safety checks carried out after the deadly Grenfell Tower blaze, including several in north London where residents were forced to evacuate amid chaotic scenes.

LONDON (CNN) - Fallout from this month's catastrophic apartment tower fire keeps spreading across the United Kingdom, with more inspection failures and an order to vacate unsafe apartment buildings.

But Ms Gould later told Sky the number had increased to encompass all the buildings.

All of the 34 high rises in England that have so far submitted cladding samples have failed combustibility tests.

Camden Council's Labour leader, Georgia Gould, said the council had acted "as swiftly as we possibly can" to ensure people's safety.

LONDON - The list of high-rise apartment towers in Britain that have failed fire safety tests grew to 60, officials said Sunday, revealing the mounting challenge the government faces in the aftermath of London's Grenfell Tower fire tragedy.

"They told us: "you have to leave", I don't understand why", Murtaza Taha, 27, told AFP. It said about 650 apartments were evacuated.

Every home will be checked for a working fire alarm and the marshals will inform all residents of the fire safety procedures for their blocks.

It comes after Camden Council became the first authority to evacuate residents over fire safety concerns, asking people living in four high-rise buildings to leave yesterday night.

The Prime Minister said: "We are making sure that the authority has the ability to do what is necessary to ensure people have somewhere to stay and that the work is done so that those tower blocks will become safe for them to return to in future".

The Department identified 14 areas where one or more buildings have failed the test, with 11 yet to be named.

The move was announced as London's Camden Council evacuated four tower blocks over fire safety fears.

"You don't get everyone to leave this quickly".

"Yes, I'm still waiting and waiting to see if they're going to find us anywhere decent to go before they kick us out of here", he said.

Sir Ed Davey said: "It is utterly outrageous that British law has failed people in tower blocks across the country and allowed flammable material to be used as cladding".

"We will work with and support the emergency services and relevant authorities to safeguard the public".

The council gave notice it had concerns about the cladding on its buildings Thursday, when tests showed the material was not the fire-resistant variety it had ordered.

"I would also urge everyone to fit smoke alarms in their homes and test them regularly".

The Government has also stressed that the failure in testing of the cladding would not necessarily mean that a building would have to be evacuated.

The authorities have so far said they believe at least 79 people died in the disaster but the local community, and others, have suggested that that figure was low and questioned why the authorities had been unable to be more accurate.

  • Rogelio Becker