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Camden Council review fire safety at tower blocks following Grenfell blaze

“Additional checks will be made to reassure residents,” says council leader

14 June, 2017 — By William McLennan

The fire brigade said it was “unprecedented”  Picture: LAS

CAMDEN Council will carry out fire safety checks at some of their 220 high-rise buildings after a blaze tore through a 24-storey tower block in west London, claiming at least 12 lives.

Town Hall staff were today drawing up a list of properties similar to Grenfell Tower in North Kensington, where fire fighters remain dousing flames tonight.

The council said that they are confident in their “fire safety procedures,” but said that “additional checks will be made to reassure residents”.

The London Fire Brigade (LFB) said that the size of the fire and the speed it spread was “unprecedented”.

A letter from council leader Georgia Gould acknowledged that people “living in and nearby high-rise blocks may be concerned at this time” and said that council employees “have been on tower block walkabouts” to reassure residents.

Speculation as to the cause led some to question the potential role of cladding, which had been added to the outside of Grefnell Tower in a recent refurbishment.

The firm who carried out the works were also employed to overhaul the Chalcots Estate in Swiss Cottage for £16million in 2010. The LFB said it was too early to tell what had started the fire or allowed it to spread.

Highgate Green councillor and London Assembly member Sian Berry said: “We need an inquiry into this horrific tragedy and to look at how widespread the risk may be elsewhere.”

A council spokesman said last night: “We stand ready to respond to any new advice from London Fire Brigade that may emerge from today’s tragic incident.”

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