Cladding maker stops some sales after fire

"If the cladding can not resist the spread of flame across the surface, then it will vertically envelop the building", a fire safety adviser to the firefighters' union told Parliament before the Grenfell Tower fire.

He told MPs: "When the commissioners went into those tower blocks in Camden, in their own words, they found multiple fire safety inspection failures, failures which frankly should not have happened in tower blocks of any type, certainly those tower blocks in Camden".

Javid's statement to the Commons comes after Camden Council evacuated five of its high rises blocks on Friday evening, saying it would put up residents elsewhere while urgent work was done to make them safe. "Our product is one component in the overall cladding system; we don't control the overall system or its compliance", said the company.

However, the fact that the fire was able to spread so quickly from a single flat to the entire building, instead of being contained, is nearly certainly due to the external cladding and insulation that had been installed on the building as part of a refurbishment project in 2015-2016, investigators said.

Reuters on Saturday reported that Arconic knowingly supplied flammable panels to Grenfell Tower, which was the sight of a massive fire June 14 that has killed at least 79 people in fire that raged on June 14.

Cladding from as many as 600 tower blocks across England is being tested for safety.

The apartments were evacuated after fire inspectors concluded that the buil. As the fire rose, it punched its way into the tower's interior.

"We couldn't pack anything because we didn't know where we are going, but hopefully we will get back", she said as she stood outside Swiss Cottage Library, one of the emergency shelters in the shadow of the blocks.

The latest figure on the number of buildings to fail fire safety standards is 15 more than the 60 revealed on Sunday.

Combustible cladding and insulation were specifically named in planning applications for the Grenfell Tower refurbishment which were approved by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The blaze rapidly climbed the building's exterior, using the cladding and insulation as fuel.

A public inquiry is due to determine how the unsafe cladding was allowed to be fitted onto Grenfell and other buildings in the first place.

He said the fact all tested samples had failed the so-called combustibility test underlined the "vital importance of submitting samples urgently".

In a fresh statement, the firm said it had stopped sales of Reynobond PE for tall buildings, citing concerns about the "inconsistency of building codes across the world".

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