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Hundreds of London residents evacuated over fire safety concerns

A high rise building block in Belfast may have the same outside combustible cladding as London's Grenfell Tower.

This evening it was confirmed that 800 households are to be evacuated from a council estate in north London in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire to allow "urgent fire safety works" to take place.

Works to remove the cladding are expected to take two to four weeks.

She added that the "really really hard decision" had been made to evacuate the blocks while urgent fire safety work is completed.

'This means that we need to move residents from their homes and into temporary accommodation.

In a notice posted online and shared by Dublin Fire Brigade the manufacturer said they have been made aware of an incident involving a Hotpoint branded appliances, manufactured between March 2006 and July 2009.

The buildings have been found to be covered with the same type of cladding as used at Grenfell, five miles to the south west, where at least 79 people died in June 14's tragedy.

London police are considering filing manslaughter charges related to the fire.

Investigators have listened to more than 600 emergency calls - and "some of those calls are over an hour long and each call tells its own distressing story", she said.

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But they both failed the police's safety tests, which are similar to those being carried out by the United Kingdom government.

Police says 79 people are either dead or missing and presumed dead in the blaze, although that number may change. The objective of these tests is to determine the type of material used in the cladding and whether it is flammable.

One tribute, from a firefighter from a station in the Kensington and Chelsea borough read: "20th floor, we tried. we're sorry".

Councillor Richard Cornelius, leader of Barnet Council, said removing the cladding from three tower blocks in the area was a "precautionary measure".

One shirt bearing the London Ambulance Service logo said: "We refuse to forget you".

McCormack also repeated calls for anyone with information about the fire and all those in the tower at the time to come forward as police continue to comb through the devastated building to try to identify all the victims.

"We have been supplying building products for more than 40 years and as a business our focus has always been to supply safe insulation products to make better buildings". Early tests of materials used on the building's exterior returned alarming results, she said.

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