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Some 800 households in five tower blocks on the Chalcots Estate in Camden are being moved to temporary accommodation after firefighters said they could not guarantee the safety of the buildings, council leader Georgia Gould said.

Eight hundred households are to be evacuated from a council estate in north London in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire to allow "urgent fire safety works" to take place.

It has been suggested the cladding panels helped to spread a blaze at the North Kensington tower, which killed at least 79 people and destroyed 151 homes on June 18.

Repairs on the building are expected to be completed within three to four weeks.

She said: "There is only one fire exit and only one stairwell, which is a problem that was in Grenfell".

The decision to move residents out of all five towers at Chalcots Estate was made Friday evening.

She added: "Together we decided that the Taplow block needs to be temporarily decanted while we undertake urgent fire safety works so that residents can be fully assured of their safety".


The overnight fire rapidly engulfed Grenfell Tower, with flames shooting up the outside of the building, raising concerns that the cladding material attached to the concrete block didn't comply with fire-safety rules.

The London Metropolitan Police announced they were "considering manslaughter charges" as part of their investigation into the Grenfell Tower disaster after it was revealed residents had raised concerns about the cladding on more than one occasion.

But they both failed the police's safety tests, which are similar to those being carried out by the United Kingdom government. So far only nine people have been formally identified and police say the remains of some might never be found, the blaze having been so fierce. The goal of these tests is to determine the type of material used in the cladding and whether it is flammable. "The shocking images from that night clearly show just how quickly and ferociously the fire spread across the external surface of the building". "We did our best I promise".

McCormack also repeated calls for anyone with information about the fire and all those in the tower at the time to come forward as police continue to comb through the devastated building to try to identify all the victims.

To make sure everyone comes forward, London Mayor Sadiq Khan pledged to seek an amnesty for people who may have been living in the public housing block illegally. Early tests of materials used on the building's exterior returned alarming results, she said. You have encouraged us in our mission - to provide quality news and watchdog journalism.

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