High-rises in England fall short on passing fire safety tests

High-rise buildings have fallen short on passing fire safety tests in England.

The country’s Prime Minister Theresa May told the House of Commons today that cladding from 120 high-rise buildings in 37 local authority areas in England have failed fire safety tests meaning a 100% failure rate on all the samples submitted since the Grenfell Tower fire.
According to the BBC, London Fire Brigade previously issued a warning to all 33 London councils about panels attached to the exterior of buildings in May this year.
At least 79 people are thought to have been killed in the Grenfell Tower inferno that occurred on 14 June, prompting Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to brand the event as a “disastrous effect of austerity” caused by there being fewer building control inspectors and planning inspectors in operation.
The blaze in north Kensington started in a fridge-freezer and destroyed more than 150 homes in the block.
Earlier in the week, the Prime Minister commented that there should be a “major national investigation” into the use of cladding on high-rise towers.

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