Five London high-rises evacuated over fire safety fears

Five London high-rises evacuated over fire safety fears
# 24 June 2017 00:19 (UTC +04:00)

After the deadly Grenfell Tower fire that killed 79 Londoners earlier in June, five London high-rises that incorporate similar materials are being evacuated. More than 800 homes in total are being emptied, APA reports quoting sputniknews.

The buildings in question are the Chalcots Estates in Camden, North London. They are being evacuated for "urgent fire safety works," reports the BBC. Initially, only one tower was to be evacuated, but city authorities soon extended the order to all five.

Camden Council leader Georgia Gould said, "Camden Council is absolutely determined to ensure that our residents are safe and we have promised them that we will work with them, continue to act swiftly and be open and transparent."

She added that the London Fire Brigade had inspected the blocks and decided that the flats needed to be "temporarily decanted … 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."

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THE OPERATION IS BEING PERFORMED