The Wall Street Journal: Hundreds of high-rise homes in London evacuated over fire risk fears

LONDON — Some 800 households are being moved from five residential towers in north London, a local authority said late Friday, after the buildings failed to pass fire safety checks prompted by last week’s lethal blaze in a public housing high-rise.

The decision was made Friday evening after checks revealed that the external cladding on the public housing buildings was not fire retardant and after residents of the towers in London’s Camden district expressed concerns over fire safety arrangements, said Georgia Gould, head of the Camden borough council in north London.

Following further checks, fire services informed the local authorities they could not guarantee the residents’ safety, she said.

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