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Grenfell Tower fire: 650 London homes evacuated

Some 650 households on the Chalcots estate in north London are being evacuated to allow "urgent fire safety works" to take place in the wake of the fatal Grenfell Tower fire, which claimed at least 79 lives.

  • Camden Council earlier identified a number of blocks in the borough used similar cladding to that used in Grenfell Tower
  • The authority said that while the insulation was safe, the external cladding was not up to the expected standard and the work would last several weeks
  • Those living in four of the five tower blocks on the north London estate are being moved into temporary accommodation
  • The works to make the towers safe is expected to take between four and six weeks
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Theresa May visits scene of Grenfell Tower fire

Theresa May talks to London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton at the scene. Credit: PA

Prime Minister Theresa May has visited the scene of the Grenfell Tower fire, in west London, where at least 12 people are confirmed to have died.

On Wednesday, Mrs May said there will be a "proper investigation" into the tragedy as it emerged safety concerns "were raised" by residents before the blaze.

"If there are any lessons to be learned they will be, and action will be taken," she said.

The prime minister has pledged a 'proper investigation' into the blaze. Credit: PA

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