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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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London tube lines suspended over Grenfell Tower safety

Searches take place at Grenfell Tower. Credit: PA

Two London tube lines have been partly suspended amid safety concerns at Grenfell Tower.

The Hammersmith and City Line has been suspended between Edgware Road and Hammersmith due to the blaze four days ago, Transport for London said.

Coupled with planned engineering work, the safety concerns around the fire mean the Circle Line is closed.

A sign at Ladbroke Grove station said "owing to the safety of the Tower" the lines had been partly suspended.

London Fire Brigade said the lines had been temporarily closed because of a "short-term risk of some debris falling onto the tracks".

A spokesperson said teams were working to secure the debris so the lines could be reopened as soon as possible.

At least 30 people died in the fire and 70 are reported missing.

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