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Government orders checks on tower block refurbs

The government has ordered checks on tower blocks undergoing refurbishments following a huge blaze in west London in the early hours of this morning.

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Sky News reported that Nick Hurd, policing and fire minister, had led a cross-party group looking into the tower block blaze which so far has claimed 12 lives and left 18 others critically injured.

Mr Hurd has ordered checks on tower blocks undergoing similar refurbishments to the one carried out at Grenfell Tower, the channel reported.

Grenfell Tower was refurbished last year and this included installing a new heating system. Planning documents revealed fire safeguards were temporarily removed from the tower during the refurbishment.


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It is not yet clear what caused the fire that spread quickly up the 24-storey tower block in Kensington.

The government has faced criticism after delaying a review of fire safety building regulations following the Lakanal House fire in 2009, which claimed six lives.

A Department for Communities and Local Government spokesman said: “Our thoughts are with the residents and families of everyone caught up in this dreadful event.

"We stand ready to help in anyway possible as the emergency services continue to stabilise the situation.

"The London Fire Brigade will be conducting their investigation and at this stage it would not be appropriate to comment on the cause of the fire.”

 

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