Residents remaining in evacuated tower blocks 'must leave', says council

United Kingdom communities secretary Sajid Javid said today that as many as 34 buildings in 17 local council areas in the country were so far affected and tests in other areas are ongoing.

A public inquiry is due to determine how the unsafe cladding was allowed to be fitted onto Grenfell in the first place.

One resident, Steve Pirolli, told ITV News that he was told to leave at 3am on Saturday morning because of concerns over the fire doors, external cladding and gas pipes but he wasn't going anywhere.

People look up at Burnam Tower, part of the Chalcots Estate in the borough of Camden, north London, Sunday June 25, 2017.

Farah Ikran said she has being staying at a B&B with her family in Wembley since the council announced the four towers of the estate were being evacuated, after fire safety tests revealed they were covered in flammable cladding and had numerous internal issues. "It is not safe to remain in these blocks and our residents' safety will continue to be the council's number one priority", Camden Council leader Georgia Gould said.

Refurbishment of the Chalcots towers was overseen by Rydon, the same company involved in the recent renovation of the now-devastated Grenfell Tower.

It's hard to trust anyone now, because if they come and tell me something, we won't know. "You can't play Russian roulette with people's safety", he told Sky News. "You don't get everyone to leave this quickly".

Fallout from this month's catastrophic apartment tower fire keeps spreading across the United Kingdom, with more inspection failures and an order to vacate unsafe apartment buildings.

Some 3,000 residents from north London's Chalcots Estate face weeks in temporary accommodation after Camden Council took the "extraordinary action" to clear 600 flats amid safety fears.

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The the local fire safety authority found alongside the cladding problem, which is a serious problem, multiple fire safety failures, including, for example, insulation of gas pipes, fire doors missing, plywood above doors and that's what makes Camden different and why the decision was made to evacuate.

Officials had been working through the night to support residents who obeyed the instruction to leave on Friday - some finding shelter with friends and family, and others sleeping on air mattresses in a local hall.

Ten fire engines and 72 firefighters were battling a blaze in east London on Saturday after flames engulfed a third-floor apartment in a low-rise block of buildings, injuring one man who was taken to hospital.

Burnham residential tower on the Chalcots Estate.

Ms Gould has warned that the council may explore legal routes which would force people to leave their homes. The tower's cladding - panels widely used to insulate buildings and improve their appearance - was believed to have rapidly spread that blaze, which killed at least 79 people.

Detectives are considering manslaughter charges as part of the investigation into the disaster.

A general view of the housing towers of the Chalcots Estate in the borough of Camden, north London, Saturday June 24, 2017.

People were told to leave as darkness began to fall, with some taking belongings in suitcases and carrier bags, and some locals saying they only learned of the evacuation as they watched the news.

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