The Wall Street Journal: U.K.: So far, every building inspected has failed fire-safety tests

LONDON — U. K. authorities raised to 60 the number of residential towers in England that have failed fire-safety checks triggered by the lethal blaze in a London high-rise earlier this month, as concerns grew over the safety of residents in social housing.

All buildings examined so far have failed the checks, which involve testing samples of their external cladding for flammability, a spokesman for the Department for Communities and Local Government said Sunday.

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The government has asked landlords to send in samples from the buildings they are most concerned about first, which means that the initial batch is likely to fail the tests, the spokesman said.

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