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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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PM visits Grenfell Tower fire injured in hospital

Theresa May is greeted outside Chelsea and Westminster hospital.

Prime Minister Theresa May has visited London's Chelsea and Westminster hospital where some of those injured in the Grenfell Tower fire are being treated.

Mrs May is reported to have spent around an hour speaking to patients and staff.

It comes after she was criticised for not meeting survivors of the disaster when she made a private visit to the scene on Thursday.

At least 30 people are confirmed to have died in the blaze with the death toll expected to rise.

Twenty-four people who were injured in the fire are still being treated in hospitals across London, of whom 12 remain in a critical care.

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