London tower block fire: Flames engulf Grenfell Tower

14 June 2017 London

A huge fire has raged through the night at a tower block in Latimer Road, west London, with eyewitnesses claiming people are trapped in their homes.

The fire at Grenfell Tower on the Lancaster West Estate was reported at 00:54 BST and about 200 firefighters are still tackling the blaze.

The Met Police said people were being treated for “a range of injuries”.

The BBC’s Andy Moore said the whole tower block had been alight and there were fears the building might collapse.

BBC correspondent Simon Lederman said he understood “a significant number of people” were unaccounted for.

The tower block contains 120 flats and is 24 storeys high.

Forty fire engines have been sent to the tower, and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said a “major incident” had been declared.

At about 04:00 BST police said: “Residents continue to be evacuated from the tower block.

"Eyewitnesses said they have seen lights - thought to be mobile phones or torches - flashing at the top of the block of flats.

Others says residents - thought to be trapped inside - have been seen coming to their windows.

David Benjamin says he was woken by a neighbour banging on the door.

An unmanned hydraulic platform has been shooting water at the side of the building at about the 10th floor.

Simon Lederman said firefighters had not been able to tackle the flames on higher storeys.

He said the tower could be seen burning "from miles away”, adding that the building had been “burning out of control”, from the tenth floor onwards.

Andy Moore added: “We’ve seen debris falling from the building, we’ve heard explosions, we’ve heard the sound of glass breaking.

"The police keep pushing back their cordons, pushing back members of the public for fear the building might collapse.”

London Fire Brigade assistant commissioner Dan Daly said firefighters were “working extremely hard in very difficult conditions to tackle this fire”.

“This is a large and very serious incident and we have deployed numerous resources and specialist appliances.”

London Ambulance Service medics specially trained in life-saving medical care in hazardous environments have also been sent to the fire.

London Underground said the Hammersmith and City and Circle lines have been closed between Edgware Road and Hammersmith because of the fire.

Image captionSmoke could be seen from miles away.

Police said the A40 Westway was closed in both directions.

One eyewitness, George Clarke, the presenter of Channel 4 TV programme Amazing Spaces, told Radio 5 Live: “I’m getting covered in ash, that’s how bad it is.”

Safety concerns
According to Kensington and Chelsea Council, the tower block contains 120 flats and is 24 storeys high.

It is managed by the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (KCTMO) on behalf of the council and had undergone a two-year, £10m refurbishment that was completed last year.

The work included new exterior cladding and a communal heating system.

The local Grenfell Action Group had claimed, while the refurbishment was ongoing, the block constituted a fire risk and residents had warned that access to the site for emergency vehicles was “severely restricted”.

The BBC has been unable to contact the property’s management company in the hours since the fire.

He added: “It’s so heartbreaking, I’ve seen someone flashing their torches at the top level and they obviously can’t get out.”

Jody Martin said he ran towards the building to try and help when he saw the fire.

He said he was shouting at people to “get out, get out” but that residents were shouting back that they were stuck as corridors inside the building were filled with smoke.

‘Building crumbling’
Tim Downie, another eyewitness, told the BBC part of the building was “completely burned away”.

“It has burned through to its very core,” he said.

“It looks very bad, very very bad. I’ve never seen anything like this. It’s just such a big fire.

"The whole building is just crumbling. It’s just billowing black smoke.”

Safiyah, who is about 500m away from the building, said: “There are lots of people gathered in the street. I just see more and more flames burning and tragically I hear people crying for help.

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Vampires in the UK

There have been over 200 vampire sightings in the UK during the past 100 years (more than Transylvania), one of the most famous examples being the Highgate Vampire (although the British occultist David Farrant who was present during the numerous vampire hunts of the 1970s claims that the spirit roaming the cemetery was more demonic in nature rather than a vampire, whereas Seán Manchester claims it really was a vampire, and even managed to photograph the vampire as it finally got staked). 

In David Farrant best selling book on the subject, Beyond the Highgate Vampire, David claims that ley lines, may be an important factor that has been left completely out of the Highgate equation. These lines, he says, can actually transmit psychic energy along their course and enable the vampire to materialise when the right conditions prevail. One such ley line, he points out, apparently begins in the middle of Highgate Cemetery at a large circle of tombs called the Circle of Lebanon, crosses through the Flask and Ye Olds Gatehouse pubs (both ancient pubs only yards from Highgate Cemetery); traverses a large block of council flats known as Hillcrest (themselves built upon the site of an ancient nunnery) and passes through an old Roman Settlement a quarter of a mile or so away in Highgate Woods which is marked by an old beech tree.

For without exception, all the locations on the Highgate ley line, were reportedly haunted by a ’tall black figure’ which, even when it was not actually seen, it caused dramatic drops in temperature, clocks to simultaneously stop, objects to fly from shelves or mysteriously shatter, and which also had a dramatic effect upon animals in it’s immediate vicinity.

Other sightings in the UK:

  • Alnwick Castle (Northumberland) - During the 1100s, a  vampire that once frequented this castle, a one time lord of the estate, lived underneath it and would emerge at night to attack the local villagers. An outbreak of plague was also attributed to the unholy creature, and this resulted in the villagers digging the monster up from its shallow grave and burning it.
  • Blandford Forum (Dorset) - (1800s) a corrupt manservant who stole thousands of pounds from his employer, William Doggett finally killed himself, and now drives his phantom horse and carriage along this area. One local story says he returned as a vampire; after his body was exhumed many years after his death (from St Mary’s Church in Tarrant Gunville) it was found to be uncorrupted, with a rosy tint to the cheeks.
  • Croglin (Cumbria) - In 1875, an old house had been rented out to a woman and two brothers, Amelia, Edward and Michael Cranswell. During one summer, Amelia was trying to sleep when a strange creature appeared at her window and began picking out the lead surrounding one of the window panes with a long fingernail, then removing it and putting its hand through the resulting gap to undo the window latch and let itself in. It was described as having a brown face and flaming eyes. The vampire bit her in the throat. When her brothers came into the room, the monster was gone. While one brother tried to help his sister, the other went after the creature. After a trip to Switzerland, the three returned to Croglin Grange and the creature returned again. The brother shot it in the leg and was able to track it down to a vault in the local cemetery. They waited until the next day to enter the vault, where they found the body of the vampire, with a fresh wound to the leg, resting inside a coffin. They then burned it.
  • Lochmaben Castle (Scotland) - During the early 1990s, Tom Robertson investigated the woods after hearing stories that animals had been found drained of their blood. He encountered a tall figure dressed in sacking with a hood over its head, which black eyes and grey face. The creature leapt into a tree and swung away. Eight years later Robertson went looking for the creature again, finding it and taking a couple of photographs

From my experience, vampires who have been around longer tend to look more naturally human in appearance, particularly if the spirits have gained enough energy to materialise in a fuller form. It is noted within folklore that vampires first start off as dark blobs or shadows before developing into a humanoid form. Being around vampire spirits can cause bruising on the skin, particularly on the neck if they “feed” on you. Vampire spirits are definitely ones that are more fond of physical contact, and it can be common for them to assault you (either sexual or physical violence), depending on the individual spirit. Vampires are fond of crystals that aid in blood disorders or circulation, particularly if they are dark red. If you work with vampire spirits it is better to use these as offerings rather than blood itself, which can pose all sorts of dangers - the biggest one being giving the vampire enough power to materialise physically for longer states of time, and moreover, power over you and your body

Grenfell Tower fire: 24-year-old artist Khadija Saye named as victim

Another victim of the Grenfell Tower fire has been named as 24-year-old artist Khadija Saye.

Ms Saye was in her flat on the 20th floor when the fire struck, with her mother Mary Mendy, who is thought to be in her 50s.

Tottenham MP David Lammy confirmed the news on Twitter, writing: “May you rest in peace Khadija Saye. God bless your beautiful soul. My heart breaks today. I mourn the tragic loss of a wonderful young woman.”

The Labour MP knew Ms Saye through his wife Nicola Green, a fellow artist who mentored her for four years.

Ms Green told the Press Association that Ms Saye was last heard from at 3am on the night of the fire.

“She was on Facebook saying she was unable to get out of the flat, that the smoke was so thick,” said Ms Green.

“She was saying she just can’t get out and: ‘Please pray for me. There’s a fire in my council block. I can’t leave the flat. Please pray for me and my mum.”’

Ms Saye’s work is currently on show in Venice, responding to the theme of diaspora.

Mr Lammy had previously labelled the Grenfell Tower fire “corporate manslaughter” as he spoke about the search for his friend.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “This is the richest borough in our country treating its citizens in this way.

"We should call it what it is, it’s corporate manslaughter, that’s what it is and there should be arrests made, frankly.

"We built buildings in the 70s, those 70s buildings, many of them should be demolished, they haven’t got easy fire escapes, they’ve got no sprinklers - it’s totally, totally unacceptable in Britain that this is allowed to happen and people lose their lives in this way, and people should be held to account.”

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Are you okay? Were you hurt in the fire? (I know you live in England, but I'm not sure where, so if you live in London, please stay safe and check your fire alarms!)

the grenfell tower fire in west london today was confined to one (enormous) block of council flats. there have been an immense number of casualties and multiple fatalities, all of which (that are known so far) were residents of the building, although the surrounding area has been cordoned off and evacuated due to the risk of falling debris.

it’s an absolutely horrific thing and even more jarring in the wake of so many other recent tragedies, but the firefighters have been incredible in their efforts and response time, the community has pulled together to provide support and donations for those affected, and it’s opened up discussion of the appalling standard of council housing in london (much of which goes to immigrants, large families and the disabled). 

as i’ve said for other incidents in london, i’m out of the city while i’m at university (and in this particular case i have no association with this building whatsoever aside from passing it on the railway sometimes) so i wasn’t involved in any way. thanks for your concern regardless.

Grenfell Tower fire: London council to install sprinklers in 25 tower blocks in move to increase resident safety

The most populous London council has announced it will install sprinklers in all tower blocks of 10 storeys or above after the Grenfell Tower disaster.

Croydon councillor Alison Butler announced the measure, which will apply to 25 high-rises in the borough, following the north Kensington blaze that killed at least 79 people.

“This evening I have announced that we will install sprinklers in all our @yourcroydon council blocks of 10 storeys and above,” she wrote on Twitter.

The measure is the “first phase of the review”, said Ms Butler. It is expected to cost around £10 million and will not start until after the council submits a report on the project in September.

A council spokesman said they would be fitted as soon as possible and they hoped the work would be complete within months.

There are 39 high-rises over six storeys in Croydon.

Authorities said the Grenfell Tower death toll was likely to rise over the coming weeks, warning some people would never be identified due to the intensity of the blaze. The 67m-high building housed immigrants, refugees and elderly people, some of whom had physical issues yet lived on the top floors.

Angry protesters, councillors and residents have questioned why Kensington and Chelsea Council did not provide fireproof cladding on the building during refurbishment in 2016, why the alarms did not work and why there were no sprinklers installed.

English law requires only buildings constructed since 2007 and which are taller than 30m to have sprinklers fitted, and the law was not applied retroactively. Grenfell Tower was built in 1974.

Sprinklers must be fitted to older buildings, however, if a fundamental change is made to the structure or use of the building. The same law applies in Northern Ireland.

Tory councillor Eve Allison warned of a “summer of unrest” and said the disaster, which mostly affected low-income residents and people of colour, “should not have happened in a first-world country”. She voiced concern for three nearby high-rises built in the same period: Markland House, Frinstead House and Whitstable House.

The council was found to have run up a surplus of £274m and offered rebates to residents paying the top rates of council tax, which Labour councillors claimed was an effort to bribe voters close to the election.

According to the British Automatic Fire Sprinklers Association, there are more than 3,800 residential housing blocks in the UK that are not fitted with sprinklers, because it is not required by law.

Asked whether there could be another fire like Grenfell, Bafsa’s communications adviser, Wendy Otway, told The Independent, “As so many blocks don’t have a robust fire protection system, even though most of them have a legally protected system, so, yes, we’ve been saying that for 20 years.”

Many councils around the UK have indicated they will take action after the disaster, but Croydon Council has been the among first to report a definite plan.

London’s Southwark Council, referencing the Lakanal fire in 2009 which killed six people, emailed residents to say it was fitting new smoke alarms in all council blocks, adding that “all fire risk works to all high rise and lower/more complex housing were complete” as of February 2015.

Cardiff Council said it would review all safety procedures and “discuss the need for sprinklers” in its nine high rises.

The Welsh Government said sprinklers would be compulsory for all new-builds from 2016 but this would not require older buildings to be refurbished.

In Scotland, a law in 2005 was introduced to fit sprinklers in new high-rise flats, care homes and sheltered housing. In Edinburgh, none of the 44 tower blocks built before then have sprinklers and residents have called for urgent action. Fitting sprinklers has been estimated to cost around £8m.

im actually so angry, so so angry, this is the second tower block to go ablaze in that area and they still close down fire stations.
london fire brigade dont have any cranes, can you believe that? a whole big london with a million council blocks has not a single crane

SasuSaku Month 2016
Day 26- Us Against the World
: The People who Love You.
Summary: The Konoha council is discussing Sasuke’s sentence and the death penalty is the one thing the elders want the most. He needs to pay for his crimes, but killing the Uchiha won’t be that easy. Not while she’s around.
A/N: Ahh! I’ve finally finished this one! I was so excited to write this idea, and since I was traveling, I thought I wouldn’t have time to do so… BUT thanks to the dawn, I’ve managed to finish this theme XD I’ve tried making it more direct again, but this one ended up really long. I’ve added the details I wanted, and I’m reallyy happy with the results! I hope you also enjoy it, and please, leave me a comment! Tell me what you’re thinking about the themes so far!
“ You’re not touching Uchiha Sasuke.”

Her voice echoed around the room, crossing the entire wooden table until it reached the ears of the old woman standing some chairs away from her. Emerald eyes were burning in pure anger, as an uncomfortably dangerous silence was set. Tsunade was there, with her arms crossed and eyes closed, simply waiting for her student to solve things up.

People were looking at her. People were judging her words.

But Haruno Sakura couldn’t care less for all those things.

“ Excuse me…? Perhaps I didn’t quite understand your words, Ms. Haruno.”

Trembling were the words that left Koharu’s lips, as she looked shocked at the medic, who was simply sitting in that chair, with her hands forming a bridge in front of her lips. The elders who formed the Konoha Council were equally surprised- and equally annoyed at the pinkette’s words, but not a single one of them dared raise their voices against the girl. They were more afraid of her than they were of her master, and thanks to previous experiences, the entire council remained quiet, leaving all the talking to the old woman in front of them.

That was exactly why they didn’t want that girl there.

Not when the matter was none other than Uchiha Sasuke’s judgement.

Even if the elders did their best to keep that meeting a secret from the ones close to the raven haired boy, there was no way to force the slug princess to stay quiet. They had successfully prevented the loud Uzumaki from joining, and even the future Hokage was left out of that assembly due to personal connections with the culprit. It was evident and infuriating to see that the council was blocking all their efforts on trying to have any say in the final decision, but in the end, there was nothing neither of them could do.

They were left out, but she was definitely in.

For being the pupil of the Godaime, Haruno Sakura has always had free access to many things around the village. From special books to some of the deepest secrets of the village, the girl knew it all, and even if her access to the judgement was also threatened, Tsunade herself- as the Hokage in charge of that trial- brought her pupil along as her right-hand-woman. There was no arguing with the blonde, and if it was already difficult for the elders to get their ideas approved with just the Hokage, with her miniature-self around, such thing would just be impossible.

Especially when the main idea was the execution of Uchiha Sasuke.

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Months have passed and I do not understand why I should feel guilty and be criticized because love Robert and Robron I love who I want and this does not make you a better person than me I’m proud of Robert, Aaron and Robron fan
Do a council begin to block these negative people who spread hate, stay with the people you want and you will see that you will be better and maybe the fandom will not be so bad I have always criticized the fandom but without some of you I would not bear some things, I love this fandom and would like us to be even more united even when things go wrong, we can not be united only in good at these moments that we should join us more :)

Camberwell - SE5

I know I haven’t been posting in a while, that is because I have had little time to focus on what really matters to me, which is going out taking photographs. Hopefully this term will finish soon! 

This was somewhere in the mysterious inland Camberwell. There is a series of really interesting, bungalow looking council blocks that I would love to further explore. I have had a look around few of them and I was already fascinated. Some of them are almost derelict and extremely interesting. 

This is one of them, perhaps my favourite.
This was a monstrous crime – there must be arrests after Grenfell Tower | David Lammy | Opinion | The Guardian

“Cutting council budgets by 40% has consequences far beyond street cleaning or libraries. Local authorities have been starved of the resources they need to refurbish council properties, and we have increasingly seen the management and upkeep of homes passed to arm’s-length bodies and the private sector. If local authorities are unable to hold property management companies to account, debates about the rights and wrongs of housing policy have overnight become urgent questions about public safety.”

“In every borough in the country there will be a tower block or council estate just like Grenfell. Why do we care about how these people live only when tragedy erupts into the public psyche? If the preventable deaths of people burning in their homes are not a matter for the police then what is?”

Combustible cladding found on 27 towers putting thousands at risk after Grenfell fire

At least 27 council-owned high rises across 15 local authorities have failed tests and found to be fitted with similar combustible cladding to that used on Grenfell Tower, it has emerged.

Tests revealed blocks across the UK are fitted with flammable panels after a “small number” of samples were analysed, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) said.

The areas affected include Camden, where residents have been evacuated, Manchester, Plymouth, Hounslow, Portsmouth and Brent.

A total of 600 council blocks have been fitted with cladding that needs to undergo testing to determine if it is safe, the Government confirmed yesterday, with residents being forced to wait to find out if their homes are safe.

Cladding will also be removed from nine blocks in Salford that were recently refurbished after it emerged they have similar cladding. A city council spokesperson said the panels have yet to be tested by DCLG and therefore are not included in the official figures but that they would be removed as a precaution regardless of the result.

Cladding was already being removed from blocks in Camden and Portsmouth after tests yesterday found a number of high rises in both local authority areas to be a fire risk.

Approximately 4,000 people were displaced in Camden after the council took the decision to evacuate five high-rises.

Theresa May announced a programme of nationwide testing to see how many buildings were covered in an Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) following the devastating blaze in north Kensington that killed at least 79 people.

It was unclear whether the same rigorous testing would also apply to other high-rise buildings outside of the housing sector.

The Government has also encouraged private landlords to send in samples for testing but they are under no obligation to do so, raising concerns for those renting in the private sector.

Premier Inn said it was “concerned” about material used on three of its properties – in Maidenhead, Brentford and Tottenham. The buildings were investigated during a “detailed assessment” of its estate, the hotel chain said.

Questions continue to be raised over the role of flammable panelling in last week’s fire at Grenfell Tower.

Combustible cladding is suspected to have aided the rapid and “unprecedented” spread of the blaze, trapping dozens of residents inside.

Sam Webb, an architect who investigated 2009’s deadly Lakanal House fire in Camberwell, south-east London, said similar aluminium composite material (ACM) cladding was found to be “flammable” elsewhere, being linked to fires in Australia, Russia and the United Arab Emirates.

Grenfell Tower fire: Council leader claims sprinklers were not fitted as residents did not want prolonged disruption

Sprinklers were not fitted during the refurbishment of Grenfell Tower because residents did not want the prolonged disruption it would have caused, the leader of the council responsible for the block has claimed.

Nick Paget-Brown, the Tory leader of Kensington and Chelsea Council, said there was not a “collective view” among residents in favour of sprinklers.

Experts have suggested that sprinklers could have been fitted in the 24-storey building for £200,000 during the £10 million refurbishment.

Asked if installing sprinklers was considered as part of the refurbishment, Mr Paget-Brown said the advice was that the best way to combat the spread of a fire was to contain it.

He told BBC2’s Newsnight: “I didn’t consider retrofitting sprinklers because we were told that what you try to do when you are refurbishing is to contain a fire within a particular flat so that the fire service can evacuate that flat, deal with the fire.

"There was not a collective view that all the flats should be fitted with sprinklers because that would have delayed and made the refurbishment of the block more disruptive.

"We are now talking retrospectively after the most enormous tragedy, but many residents felt that we needed to get on with the installation of new hot water systems, new boilers and that trying to retrofit more would delay the building and that sprinklers aren’t the answer.”

But he said: “Of course I regret anything that we might have done differently that would have avoided this tragedy.”

The British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association has put the cost of installing a sprinkler system at £200,000.

Mr Paget-Brown was unable to say how many tower blocks in his borough lacked sprinkler systems.

Amid speculation that the cladding fitted to Grenfell Tower could have been a factor in the fatal blaze, Mr Paget-Brown said no other refurbishments in the borough would use the system.

“As far as I know there are no other towers with that cladding,” he said.

Asked if the borough would use similar components on towers in the future, he said: “No.”

He added: “We have asked the London Fire Brigade to look at all our towers and give us a report on whether fire safety in all of the towers - because we are very conscious residents are worried about this - whether they can give us the assurance that we need that all of those towers are safe and that they comply with fire standards, fire regulations.”

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Private landlords of tower blocks not being forced to carry out fire safety checks on cladding

The Government will not force private landlords of high-rise buildings to fire-test them, even if they are fitted with similar cladding to Grenfell Tower, Downing Street has said.

Instead, No 10. said it “expected” private landlords to voluntarily use the testing facility that is being used by council or housing association blocks.

It added that the government expects private landlords to be “responsible” and councils to relay what is expected of them.

Theresa May announced earlier this week that urgent testing would be carried out to see how many buildings could be at risk following the devastating blaze in north Kensington that killed at least 79 people.

The fire was started by a Hotpoint fridge-freezer, which spread to the building’s “combustible” cladding, investigators found.

A total of 600 council blocks have been fitted with cladding that needs to undergo laboratory checks to determine if it is safe.

As a result thousands remain unsure if their homes are secure.

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has told councils to also identify private buildings fitted with cladding and private landlords have been urged to send samples to the Government’s testing facility.

A Downing Street spokesperson said: “DCLG have spoken to local authorities about private sector residential blocks. The testing facility is available to them. We expect many of them to use it.

"We are encouraging local authorities right now to make sure that private landlords are made aware that is what we want them to do.”

They did not say whether there would be a penalty for landlords if they did not have their buildings tested.

An estimate of how many private residences could be affected was not provided.

To date, 14 high-rise buildings in nine local authorities had failed the tests.

Residents of five blocks on an estate in Camden were the first to be told the cladding on their buildings would be removed, since it was “not to the standard” ordered by the council.

Detectives are considering manslaughter charges as part of the probe into the Grenfell Tower fire, the Scotland Yard has said.

Documents and materials had been seized from a “number of organisations”, said Detective Superintendent Fiona McCormack said

She said: “We are looking at every criminal offence from manslaughter onwards. We are looking at every health and safety and fire safety offences and we are reviewing every company at the moment involved in the building and refurbishment of Grenfell Tower.”

More than 150 homes were destroyed in the fire, including 129 in the tower itself and 22 from nearby Grenfell Walk, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea said.

A council spokesman said: “363 households have been placed in hotel accommodation in or as near to the Royal Borough as possible, 213 households of which are from the cordon area which surrounds the Tower and Walk.

"No one has been housed outside London, Royal Borough officers are working with families to identify suitable accommodation so they can move as quickly as possible from hotels.”

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the police “must be allowed to make that judgment and make that consideration” of corporate manslaughter, given the tragedy could have been prevented.

He added: “If there is a death as a result of negligence by a company or by the public or by the administration, then there is a process of corporate manslaughter.”

Grenfell fire: Tens of thousands of people could be living in lethal tower blocks, tests reveal

Tens of thousands of people could be living in potentially lethal tower blocks as it emerged at least 11 council-owned high rises are fitted with similar combustible cladding to that used on Grenfell Tower.

Tests revealed blocks in eight areas across the UK were fitted with flammable panels after a “small number” of samples were analysed, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) said.

A further nine blocks in Salford, that were recently refurbished, have similar cladding, a city council spokesperson confirmed, but have yet to be checked by DCLG.

A total of 600 council blocks have been fitted with cladding that needs to undergo testing to determine if it is safe, the Government confirmed yesterday, with residents being forced to wait to find out if their homes are safe.

Theresa May announced urgent testing would be carried out to see how many buildings could be at risk following the devastating blaze in north Kensington that killed at least 79 people.

She said: “We cannot and will not ask people to live in unsafe homes" and also pledged to rehouse any tenants that are found to be living in unsafe buildings.

But the comments caused widespread confusion after it emerged some local authorities had disregarded the government recommendations.

In Camden, five buildings on the Chalcots Estate were fitted with aluminium panels with a polyethylene core that “were not to the standard” ordered by the council.

The main contractor on the renovation of the five blocks was Rydon, the same company that worked on Grenfell Tower, according to the council’s and its own website.

Rydon said last week its work on Grenfell Tower “met all required building regulations – as well as fire regulation and health and safety standards”.

Camden Council leader Georgia Gould announced panelling from the buildings would be immediately removed after testing found they were combustible, but none of the estate’s residents will be rehoused in the meantime.

Ms Gould said the council will instead carry out 24/7 safety patrols on the estate’s corridors and enhanced safety checks.

A spokesperson for DCLG said it was up to the local authority to “do what is right in their area” and said it would offer support to the council.

But Camden Councillor Sian Berry said residents were “very, very anxious” and is calling on the council to rehouse those who want extra guarantees.

“Some residents don’t want to move. Some want a fire engine to be permanently based on the estate,” she said. “The residents want reassurance but no matter what you do, some will not feel comfortable living there.”

Bob O’Toole, chairman of Chalcots Estate’s residents association, said tenants are unable to sleep at night for fear their blocks will go up in flames.

“A lot of them can’t sleep at night time, they’ve got kids, we’ve got a lot of vulnerable people here. Not a lot of people whose English is their first language,” he said.

Ms Berry said 13 blocks in the Borough were being looked at by the council, and that private blocks would also be considered in due course.

The Government has also encouraged private landlords to send in samples for testing but they are under no obligation to do so, raising concerns for those renting in the private sector.

Ms Berry said: “I think good private landlords have got to step up and do that as well, everyone should be doing this.”

It was unclear whether the same rigorous testing would also apply to other high-rise buildings outside of the housing sector. The Independent contacted the Cabinet office to ask whether hospitals, schools and other publicly-owned high-rise buildings would also be tested but did not receive a response.

Three tower blocks in Plymouth were also found to have combustible cladding, the DCLG confirmed. Social housing landlord Plymouth Community Homes (PCH) also pledged to introduce a 24/7 patrol of the high-rises in Devonport but stopped short of offering to rehouse residents.

It comes after the Government asked local authorities to identify if any panels used in new or refurbished social housing had been made of Aluminium Composite Material (ACM). Councils were told to provide the Government with details of the cladding used on high-rises by Monday.

“There has been much public concern and comment about potential flaws in the cladding that was on Grenfell Tower. While the exact reasons for the speed of the spread of fire have yet to be determined, we have concluded that there are additional tests that can be undertaken with regard to the cladding,” the letter sent to local authorities on Sunday read.

The Government said teams would be working around the clock and over the weekend to test any cladding sent in by local authorities or private landlords. The Building Research Establishment, which is carrying out the testing, has the capacity to analyse 100 samples a day, with results being received within minutes.

But fears were being raised that residents may have to wait weeks for reassurances. The Government could not confirm how many samples had been received so far, nor how long it would take for all the samples to be tested.

It comes after a block of flats in Tottenham was also found to have similar cladding to that used on Grenfell Tower.

Increased fire safety checks will be implemented at Rivers Apartments, a private development, according to Newlon Housing Trust that manages the flats.

Tottenham MP David Lammy said: “I have spoken to the leadership of Newlon and made it clear that this cladding must be replaced. Newlon need to make sure that my constituents are safe in their homes and if this involves decanting them whilst refurbishment takes place, Newlon must foot the bill for this.

“I have received assurances that no other tower blocks in Tottenham have this cladding, and the council leadership will be speaking to tower block residents at a public meeting I have organised on Monday".

DCLG said the 11 tower blocks in eight areas would be identified publicly once landlords have informed tenants about the failed tests and the “next steps”. Councils have no obligation to inform tenants that a building has flammable cladding until the DCLG confirms the result of tests.

A number 10 spokesperson said failing this test did not necessarily mean that buildings would be declared unsafe.

“It will be subject to further testing that is undertaken by the fire services to do that and if that is the case then we will be obviously working with local authorities and the landlords to make sure that nobody stays in a building that’s proved to be unsafe,” they said.

Questions continue to be raised over the role of flammable panelling in last week’s fire at Grenfell Tower.

Combustible cladding is suspected to have aided the rapid and “unprecedented” spread of the blaze, trapping dozens of residents inside.

Sam Webb, an architect who investigated 2009’s deadly Lakanal House fire, said similar aluminium composite material (ACM) cladding was found to be “flammable” elsewhere, being linked to fires in Australia, Russia and the United Arab Emirates.

A coroner’s inquest into the previous disaster caused the All-Party Parliamentary Fire Safety and Rescue Group to call for a nationwide review of regulation but successive Conservative ministers have failed to launch the initiative.

Experts also warned that a gap between the cladding and original building beneath could cause a “chimney effect” that creates a rapid airflow and draws flames upwards.

Ms May promised to rehouse survivors of the fire within three weeks and said 164 suitable properties had been identified.

“In the longer term, everyone whose home was destroyed will be guaranteed a new home on the same terms as the one they lost,” she said.

The Independent has contacted Rydon for comment.

I grew up on a council estate in London – it's been obvious for years how neglected social housing is

As a Londoner born and bred I am angry, upset and disgusted by the tragic event at Grenfell Tower this week.

I grew up in a council block in Gospel Oak. It was a seven-story estate that was spread across a five mile radius. I often wondered growing up why my estate would reek of urine or dog mess. There was no security, which made it was the perfect spot for drug dealers or criminals to stray.

My family and I, along with other residents, were not fazed by this – we got on and made it our community hub and made sure we looked out for each other. That’s a tradition which has made working class Londoners strive and come together regardless of background, race, sexuality or religion.

The council eventually did remedial works on our block, placed more security on site and installed double glazing. In terms of building renovations, I don’t remember my mum being told what materials were used or being given any assurances about their safety – they were just installed. It seems that has been the case for many years for people living in council estates and social housing. Decisions are made by executives in closed environments, which would have a significant effect on the lives of those living in these properties.

Communicating with and listening to the concerns of locals could have made a significant difference for those who lived in Grenfell Tower. There were hundreds of families, hard-working families, hard-working Londoners, who trusted their local authority to live in peace and safety. They were let down badly and neglected due to errors and sheer ignorance. Why were there no working fire alarms in the building, as was reported? Why was a sprinkler system not installed in the building, even after recommendations to do so were made? These are basic errors that were addressed – but no one seemed to listen.

There is speculation about the materials used, including the cladding – but regardless of what has been mentioned or speculated, we cannot ignore the organisations and people who were in direct contact with tenants. The residents trusted those in charge with their lives and those responsible let them down. The lack of communication from the council and landlord was poor. This just highlights the inadequate protocols in place.

We often talk about helping those at war or what it would be like to be in Syria or Iraq. For Grenfell residents, this was their war – their war of survival. This happened at the Government’s front door, not thousands of miles away. Those who survived will have to live with the scars of what they saw and experienced. I found it immensely difficult to watch the rolling news updates and distressing eye witness accounts – I can’t imagine the pain of having to see the horror that occurred with my own eyes.

There is a bigger picture at play here, which has been obvious to many for quite some time, but is only just dawning on some – the rise of gentrification and the continual class divide. As new builds pop up around London, the tower blocks and estates that sit next to them remain dilapidated. The way residents and the local community have been treated is wrong – and there’s much discourse as to whether their social class and economic status contributed to this. They were prevented from putting their views across and having a voice. Theresa May has offered a £5m fund – but is that really enough or sufficient to cover emergency supplies, legal aid and the rehousing of so many people?

Grenfell is situated in one of the most lucrative and desirable parts of London, between Westfield and leafy Holland Park. Yet residents were not able to have significant basic facilities such as sprinklers or working lifts. There was a desire to make the front of the block attractive and desirable to fit in with local surroundings – but in the midst of making the block look more attractive for the local area, corners were allegedly cut on safety. Residents were treated like second-class citizens.

Where do we go from here? We, as a society, must ensure that this does not happen again and regardless of class or status make it a first priority to check that people are protected in their own homes. For too long those in social housing and council estates have been neglected and ignored by the government – but I put this to those who cannot grasp the enormity of this neglect: that could have been your mum, dad, sister, brother, child or friend in that building. That is something we must not forget.

Edward Adoo is a broadcaster, writer and DJ on BBC Three Counties, Radio London and 6 Music