Saturday, 24 June 2017
Five London Towers being evacuated over fire safety fears
Five residential London tower blocks were evacuated today due to fire safety concerns over their external cladding following the deadly Grenfell Tower inferno. The towers in the Swiss Cottage area of north London, containing around 800 homes, were deemed unsafe following urgent tests on their exterior cladding, which was installed by the same contractor as on the Grenfell Tower.
Following the snap decision, residents were told to muster at the local library. They will then be sent to hotels across London. Works to remove the cladding are expected to take two to four weeks.
“Grenfell changes everything and I don’t believe we can take any risks,” Georgia Gould, leader of the Camden Council local authority, told reporters.