More UK buildings fail fire tests as politicians trade blame

She added however that it was unclear if the insulation is similar to the Grenfell cladding, which was widely blamed for the rapid spread of the massive blaze on June 14.

David Metcalfe, head of the Centre for Window and Cladding Technology, a body which works with hundreds of contractors, architects and manufacturers, claimed samples are being tested "severely" in a way which may be inflating the scale of the crisis.

Theresa May has revealed that a total of 120 tower blocks have failed fire safety tests on cladding in the wake of the Grenfell fire. The infant, Leena Belkadi, and her 8-year-old sister, Malak Belkadi, both died from smoke inhalation, Sword said.

Meanwhile, regulator NHS Improvement said it has written to all NHS trusts and foundation trusts to ask them to carry out urgent fire safety checks.

May's spokesman said it was not known if any other buildings would need to be evacuated as there was a "particular set of circumstances" in Camden, where inspections also found hundreds of fire doors were missing.

Meanwhile, new figures released by the Home Office on Tuesday showed the number of fires in high-rise purpose-built flats fell by nearly half in the years leading up to the Grenfell Tower disaster.

County Hall in Cork has similar cladding panels to those which were found on Grenfell Tower.

Fire officials say panels affixed to the building's exterior helped the blaze, which began with a refrigerator fire, shoot up the 24-story tower.

He sought a "categorical" answer on whether cladding with a combustible core, such as polyethylene, is legal for high-rise buildings, and if that used on Grenfell Tower was legal.

A coroner's hearing Wednesday also covered a 23-year-old Syrian refugee whose preliminary cause of death was said to be injuries sustained from falling.

As a result of widespread cladding tests across Britain, 60 high rise buildings across 25 local authority areas have failed a combustibility test. I can confirm that all blocks in Renfrewshire comply with Scottish Building standards and fire safety requirements.

Political leaders are trading accusations about who is to blame.

Metropolitan Police detective superintendent Fiona McCormack said police were doing everything possible to establish who was in Grenfell Tower when it caught fire on June 14.

But May said "there is a very wide issue here" that can't be pinned on any single government.

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