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Grenfell survivors ‘horrified’ after fire swept across East London tower with same coating | UK News

Grenfell Tower disaster survivors say they are “horrified” after a fire broke out in another tower partially covered with the same coating.

London Fire Department (LFB) said two adults went to hospital after inhaling smoke at the 19-story New Providence Wharf development near Canary Wharf on Friday morning.

38 other adults and four children were treated at the scene after a fire swept through the eighth, ninth and tenth floors.

Images on social media showed flames bursting from the building and thick black smoke rising into the sky.

“The cause of the fire is not known at this point,” LFB said.

Several floors were left covered in black soot
Several floors were left covered in black soot

About 22 percent of the building’s facade is made of aluminum composite material polyethylene (ACM PE) cladding panels, the PA news agency reported.

The same coating turned out to be a key factor in the 2017 Grenfell Tower Fire.

The group of survivors and relatives, Grenfell United, said in a statement: “We are horrified by the news of the fire at the New Providence wharf today. When will the government take this scandal seriously?

“The government must treat this as an emergency and stop blocking residents who raise concerns. No more games, no more excuses.”

The housing secretary told Sky News last November that removing the dangerous coating from buildings would require a “number of years”.

New Providence Wharf developer Ballymore said siding replacement work was “in progress” and the prime contractor was due to take possession of the site on Monday.

Firefighters inspect damage at New Providence wharf
Firefighters inspect damage at New Providence wharf

He said in a statement: “The safety of our residents is paramount and we are working closely with the London Fire Department.

“We can confirm that the fire was quickly brought under control and is now extinguished. Our intervention team is on site to …

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This notice was published: 2021-05-07 11:22:00