Cladding on 34 tower blocks across the United Kingdom fail fire safety tests

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The Burnham residential tower block on the Chalcots Estate in north London, where five residential towers have been identified as having combustible cladding.

The Grenfell Tower blaze, which trapped dozens of people in their beds, has become a focus of public anger at the Conservative government's austerity cuts and the perceived slow response in trying to look after those who escaped.

The announcement came as around 3,000 residents of the Chalcots Estate in Camden, north London, face weeks in temporary accommodation after four tower blocks were evacuated.

The manufacturer of the insulation used to clad Grenfell Tower has said it will stop using the product on high-rise buildings.

Police said on Friday that the fire at Grenfell was started by a faulty refrigerator but quickly spread through the building due to the highly-flammable cladding, as well as tiles and insulation that failed safety tests.

Volunteers work on a mural on which people will be encouraged to write accounts of their experiences in connection with the Grenfell Tower fire.

The cladding on Grenfell tower has been the central point of the investigation into the blaze.

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"All parts of the United Kingdom must learn from the disaster at Grenfell Tower and we must do all we can to ensure no-one has to experience the loss of a loved one in such tragic circumstances". The fact that all of the samples failed the test is sure to raise new questions for regulators and authorities who allowed the use of the high-risk material on buildings across the country. The social housing provider, One Vision Housing, said results showed "certain elements of the cladding" on Cygnet House and Wren House in the Bootle area met building regulations but not the test criteria laid down by the DCLG.

A spokesman for Colchester Borough Council said: "We do not have any buildings above 18m in our housing stock and therefore are not undertaking the testing of the kind that has been instigated by the Government for high-rise blocks".

The tower blocks are among 600 buildings across the country being tested for potentially risky cladding, or siding, in light of the blaze that left the apartment block a charred shell.

They also stated that councils were contacting residents living in tower blocks who had failed tests and are working with fire services to figure out what action needs to be taken in the future. He says D.C. and three states - Minnesota, Indiana and MA - have exempted cladding from NFPA 285 testing.

He said: "There has been no clarification about whether the building I stay in is safe enough".

The block is just a mile from the Chalcots Estate - which has been evacuated after it was deemed a fire risk.

People were told to leave as darkness began to fall, with some taking belongings in suitcases and carrier bags, and some locals saying they only learned of the evacuation as they watched the news.

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