Over 800 north London public housing apartments being evacuated over fire safety concerns

More than 800 public housing apartments in London are set to be evacuated over fire concerns in the wake of the deadly Grenfell Towers blaze that killed at least 79 people.

The tower blocks, located in the Camden area of north London, are covered in the same cladding that surrounded Grenfell Tower, officials said. The buildings, which failed safety tests, will undergo emergency work over the next three to four weeks.

The Camden council announced the decision late Friday.

“As a result of ongoing checks the decision has been taken to decant residents from all five tower blocks at the Chalcots estate,” the council said in a statement.

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The Taplow, Bray and Dorney residential tower blocks on the Chalcots Estate are pictured in north London on June 23, 2017.

Residents will be provided with temporary accommodations while the work is completed, and are being encouraged to stay with family and friends, if possible.

“Camden council is absolutely determined to ensure that our residents are safe, and we have promised them that we will work with them, continue to act swiftly and be open and transparent,” said Georgia Gould, leader of Camden council.

A national operation to identify buildings with cladding similar to Grenfell Towers has caused local authorities to send samples for independent tests, the BBC reported.

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A hole is boarded up where a panel of external cladding was removed from the facade of the Bray residential tower block on the Chalcots Estate in north London, June 23, 2017.

Samples from at least 14 high-rise buildings in London and across England have already been found to be combustible.

A faulty refrigerator is being blamed for the cause of the devastating Grenfell fire, police said Friday. Authorities are still trying to establish how the fire spread so quickly.

Police also announced Friday that they are considering filing manslaughter charges related to the fire.

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