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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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'At least 30' people now confirmed dead in Grenfell fire

At least 30 people died in the Grenfell Tower fire, police have said, as they warned the number is expected to continue to rise.

Speaking at a press conference, Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy said the figure included one victim who had died in hospital.

There was nothing to suggest the fire - which engulfed the tower block in west London - had been started deliberately, he added.

The "absolute priority" now was to as quickly, and with as much dignity, as possible remove the bodies of those still inside the wreckage of the building, he said.

Sadly, we do not expect there to be any survivors.

– Commander Stuart Cundy, Metropolitan Police

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