Five Camden blocks evacuated following Grenfell tower blaze

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Five tower blocks have been evacuated by Camden council due to fears over fire safety which were raised after an investigation in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

Blocks home to 800 families were emptied on the Chalcots Estate, Swiss Cottage. Chalcots was refurbished between 2006 and 2009 by Rydon, the same contractor that conducted the cladding work on Grenfell tower in 2015.

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The council confirmed earlier this week that it will remove the cladding from the tower blocks in the Chalcots estate. Now, the council has said it is carrying out urgent fire safety works that it expects will be finished within a month.

The investigation by the London fire brigade found that there were concerns over fire doors and the insulation of gas pipes entering the flats.

Georgia Gould, leader of Camden Council, said: "Camden Council is absolutely determined to ensure that our residents are safe and we have promised them that we will work with them, continue to act swiftly and be open and transparent.

"The Grenfell fire changes everything – we need to do everything we can to keep residents safe."

Yesterday the authorities confirmed that a Hotpoint fridge freezer was the cause of the Grenfell tower fire. Seventy-nine people have been confirmed dead, or are missing and presumed dead, from the blaze which ripped through the Kensington building.

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