All build­ing cladding sam­ples tested failed fire safety

The Washington Times Daily - - WORLD -

LONDON | Bri­tain’s gov­ern­ment is urg­ing lo­cal of­fi­cials across the coun­try to sub­mit sam­ples of tower block cladding “as a mat­ter of ur­gency” af­ter tests found that all cladding sam­ples so far have failed fire safety tests.

Com­mu­ni­ties Sec­re­tary Sa­jid Javid said all 34 sam­ples tested didn’t meet fire safety stan­dards.

The na­tional test­ing was or­dered af­ter a June 14 fire en­gulfed Gren­fell Tower in London, killing at least 79 peo­ple.

A pub­lic in­quiry has been or­dered to de­ter­mine how the un­safe cladding was al­lowed to be fit­ted in the first place.

Of­fi­cials at Cam­den Coun­cil in North London have evac­u­ated hun­dreds of apart­ments in four tower blocks as a pre­cau­tion af­ter fire in­spec­tors con­cluded that they were un­safe.

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