United Kingdom buildings tested for fire safety, and all fail


The Communities and Local Government Secretary Sajid Javid revealed the safety crisis had further escalated as he has urged local authorities to hasten action.

The firm put the decision down to "issues that have arisen in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy" and differences in building regulations around the world. It said that how the panels are used is outside of its control but it would do what it could to prevent them being used again as they were at Grenfell Tower.

Fresh Student Living, which manages The Shield, said its buildings are are "fully compliant with fire safety regulations and are fire risk assessed", in a statement posted on its website after the Grenfell Tower disaster.

It is believed the metal sheets and insulation used in the building's refurbishment in 2014 were in part to blame for the fire's violent spread.

At least 79 people died in Grenfell Tower on June 14, in London's deadliest fire in more than a century.

Hospitals and schools will also be tested to make sure they are not encased in combustible cladding, he told the House of Commons.

Theresa May's official spokesman said questions over why the material was used on tower blocks nationwide despite breaching fire safety rules would likely be scrutinised.

A FOUR-STOREY, 98-room apartment building in Leederville is under round-the-clock surveillance after it emerged that it featured similar cladding to that found in the ill-fated Grenfell Tower in London.

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Mr Javid replied: "I think it's a very important point that those people, those victims who feel they have some challenges with their immigration status, I think we can show appropriate sensitivity and treat them more favourably". "That's what they say", he told Newsnight on BBC Two.

"What is apparent is that this is on buildings across the country".

"The investigation must leave no stone unturned", said the letter, written on behalf of the residents of Hurstway, Testerton, Barandon and Grenfell Walks on the Lancaster West estate.

The so-called combustibility test has been failed by every building tested so far, Mr Javid said.

USA firm Arconic Inc said it was stopping global sales of its Reynobond PE cladding, which was used in Grenfell Tower, for use in high-rise buildings following the fire.

Responding to criticism that the testing program was not running quickly enough, he said landlords must get potentially flammable building materials tested as soon as possible.

Clearly, the fire will be remembered as a awful tragedy.

"It is clearly of huge concern that this is the case", the spokesman said.