Residents evacuated from London tower block over safety fears

Residents are to be evacuated from a council tower block over fire safety fears in the wake of the Grenfell Tower blaze.

Cladding has been removed from a building on the Chalcots Estate in north London after it was confirmed by the Government to have flammable facades. Picture: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire

Camden Council leader Georgia Gould said the Taplow building would be “temporarily decanted” to allow “urgent fire safety works” to take place.

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 north Kensington which killed at least 79 people.

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In a statement on Friday evening Ms Gould said firefighters and council officials had inspected the estate on Friday.

Thousands of people may be living in potentially dangerous tower blocks after at least 11 buildings were revealed to have combustible cladding similar to that thought to have fuelled the Grenfell Tower fire. Picture: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire

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.”

Ms Gould said it was expected the work would take three or four weeks, adding: “We realise that this is hugely distressing for everyone affected and we will be doing all we can, alongside the London Fire Brigade and other authorities, to support our residents at this difficult time.

“The Grenfell fire changes everything - we need to do everything we can to keep residents safe.”

Thousands of people may be living in potentially dangerous tower blocks after at least 11 buildings were revealed to have combustible cladding similar to that thought to have fuelled the Grenfell Tower fire. Picture: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire

It came as four more victims of Grenfell Tower were formally identified, taking the known victims of the fire to nine.

Scotland Yard also revealed manslaughter charges are being considered by detectives investigating the blaze in the tower in west London, which had failed fire safety tests.