Sixty high-rise unit blocks fail United Kingdom safety tests

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Residents are evacuated from the Taplow residential tower block on the Chalcots Estate, in the borough of Camden, north London, Friday, June 23, 2017.

They will conduct regular checks of fire safety equipment, such as dry-risers and ensure self-closing fire resistant doors are in full working order.

The government admitted yesterday that 34 other blocks across 17 different parts of the country had failed safety tests.

According to Sky News, council leader Georgia Gould said that after checking the buildings, external cladding on the blocks "was not up to the standard that we wanted and was not fire retardant" despite the insulation being safe.

British Prime Minister Theresa May had earlier said it is possible for some councils to take "mitigating action" on tower blocks, but in other cases it may be necessary to move people out. "It's hard to trust anyone now, because if they come and tell me something, we won't know".

A fire has broken out in a council block that is minutes from a Camden estate where people were evacuated due to safety concerns.

Authorities in London evacuated roughly 650 apartments in a high-rise complex overnight, citing fears that the complex bore numerous safety issues that Grenfell Tower did.

UPDATE 9.50am: Residents remaining in four tower blocks evacuated over fire safety concerns in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster will be told they "must leave", Camden Council has said.

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Families with newborn babies and a Second World War veteran were among those ordered out of their homes after fire officers said they could not guarantee the safety of the buildings, with more than 100 staying in the Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre overnight and others sleeping in hotels.

The fact that all of the samples failed the test is sure to raise new questions for regulators and authorities who allowed the use of the high-risk material on buildings across the country.

"Yes, I'm still waiting and waiting to see if they're going to find us anywhere decent to go before they kick us out of here", he said.

The political fallout has been huge, with criticisms levelled at everyone from the company that manufactured the cladding used, to the council that managed the tower block, right up to the country's prime minister.

"That's why we have put in place a system where testing can be carried out very quickly and whereby local authorities are informed immediately when a positive test comes back and that appropriate measures are put in place", he said.

The government has called on all building owners, public and private, to submit samples of cladding material used on their buildings for testing.

The council said residents would be out of their homes for three to four weeks while it completes fire-safety upgrades.

The social housing provider, One Vision Housing, said results showed "certain elements of the cladding" on Cygnet House and Wren House in the Bootle area met building regulations but not the test criteria laid down by the DCLG.

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