The Latest: Evacuated London residents express anger, fear

The Latest on London’s public housing tower fire on June 14 that has killed at least 79 people (all times local):

10:10 p.m.

Residents of a public housing complex being evacuated in north London because of fire safety concerns say they are both angry and frightened about being forced from their homes.

Resident Michelle Urquhart says she’s angry because residents were assured as late as Thursday that the problem was being addressed.

The Camden Council decided to empty about 800 households in five buildings it owns on Friday. Expedited inspections heightened concerns about exterior insulation panels like the ones on Grenfell Tower, a high-rise where a June 14 fire killed at least 79 people.

Resident Shirley Philips, who lives in one of the evacuated buildings, told British broadcaster she was given no notice before she was asked to pack up and leave.

She says: “Why have they left it ’til half past eight on Friday night to start getting residents out? Where do they think we’re all going?”

London Mayor Sadiq Khan says there was a “particular set of circumstances on this estate that make this necessary.”


9:35 p.m.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has tweeted that her thoughts are with hundreds of public housing residents who are being evacuated because of fire safety concerns.

May said Friday that “she will work with and support the emergency services and relevant authorities to safeguard the public.”

She says she asked the country’s secretary for communities and local government to keep her updated on “ensure we are offering every support we can to residents & those working onsite.”

The northwest London borough of Camden announced Friday that is evacuating 800 households in five buildings it owns during renovations that are expected to take two to three weeks.

The move was prompted after the Camden Council learned that the buildings had combustible cladding like the one on Grenfell Tower, where at least 79 people died in a fast-moving…

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