German city evacuates apartment block over insulation worry

Isaac Paulous lived with his family on the 18th floor, and is the first child to be have been named by the Metropolitan Police as a victim of the atrocity. The company said that it believes "this is the right decision because of the inconsistency of building codes across the world and issues that have arisen in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy regarding code compliance of cladding systems in the context of buildings' overall designs".

"Regular communication with our customers is incredibly important and we are carrying out face-to-face reassurance with all of the residents living in these buildings, as part of this exercise".

Meanwhile, new figures released by the Home Office on Tuesday showed the number of fires in high-rise purpose-built flats fell by nearly half in the years leading up to the Grenfell Tower disaster.

A 5-year-old boy has been identified by United Kingdom police as the youngest victim so far of the fire which engulfed a London tower block two weeks ago, killing at least 79 people.

Arconic says in a statement Monday that Reynobond PE would no longer be sold for use in high-rise buildings.

LONDON (CNN) - Fears over fire safety have spread across the United Kingdom since a deadly blaze engulfed Grenfell Tower in west London earlier this month.

BRE is now being paid to test cladding being removed from high rise buildings across the country in response to the Grenfell Tower disaster, in which 79 people are thought to have died after fire spread rapidly up cladding containing combustible insulation and plastic panels.

Arconic's announcement came as Britain's government announced that 75 buildings had failed cladding combustibility tests in 26 local authority areas.

She has instructed the group of senior officials to undertake a complete fire safety review of all current government rental estates and co-ownership buildings and fire evacuation process.

The council has moved to ease fears about the fire risk at its 16-storey landmark building.

'I'm concerned at the speed at which samples are being submitted.

She said officials had been concerned about this particular building since 2010, but chose to act now after seeing how fire could spread rapidly via a flammable cladding or facade.

Earlier tests on cladding resulted in hundreds of residents being evacuated from a high-rise estate in Camden, north London, after fire inspectors said the blocks were not safe.

"24-hour security is now in operation in every tower block to provide a "wakeful watch" to raise the alarm and manage the building evacuation in the event of a fire, which we hope will provide extra reassurance for our tenants", he said.

Next week, pupils from 28 different primary schools across the two boroughs will also learn the importance of fire safety when they attend the annual Safety in Action event, which runs from July 4 to July 13.

Vanessa Coleman

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