“What we can say is that the building is being evacuated for fire safety reasons and flammable material was found”.
SAMPLES of the cladding from all of the Island’s social rented high-rise flats are to be given to the Jersey Fire and Rescue Service, as scores of tower blocks across the United Kingdom are failing safety tests in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.
City authorities in Wuppertal said the fire risk at the building had been reassessed following the fire in London that killed at least 79 people, news agency dpa reported.
“It’s a basic thing of being able to get people out of the building”, said Gus Sirakis, an assistant commissioner at the building department.
The government on Tuesday appointed an independent expert advisory panel to make recommendations on any immediate safety measures necessary.
In a statement late Monday, Arconic acknowledged it supplied Reynobond PE to a fabricator which used it as a component on Grenfell Tower’s cladding system.
Hoping to prevent another disaster and assuage concerns, the United Kingdom government has urged local authorities and landlords to send samples of external cladding for further testing.
British Prime Minister Theresa May demanded a “major national investigation” into exterior cladding used in high-rise buildings after police identified a five-year-old boy as the youngest victim of the Grenfell tower fire.
Isabelle Alajooz, a 28-year-old volunteer for homelessness charity Shelter, said: “We told him the work we were doing was for the victims of the tower and he wanted to know how they had been immediately housed and assisted by everyone”.
He lamented that landlords were only slowly submitting samples for testing, even as officials have said they can test 100 samples a day.
Following an inquest into the youngster’s death at Westminster Coroner’s Court on Monday, his family paid tribute to the “energetic little boy”.
Paulous’ body was found on the building’s 13th floor and had to be identified through dental records.
“The initial tests on equivalent aluminium composite tiles failed the safety tests”, she said.
As president of the British Red Cross, he has made a donation of an undisclosed amount to the relief effort – one of the three major funds for people affected by the fire.
He added: “We are working with them at their pace”.
May’s call for an investigation comes after Arconic, the USA -based company that supplied cladding material to the Grenfell Tower, stopped sales of its Reynobond PE panels product following the deadly fire – citing “inconsistency of building codes across the world”.