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More than 700 flats in northwest London were evacuated because of fire safety concernsby Circa News
Global News

Roughly two weeks after Britain experienced its deadliest fire in more than a century that claimed at least 79 lives, the Camden Council urged people in four towers in the Swiss Cottage area of northwest London to evacuate their flats due to "urgent fire safety works," the BBC reported. The council announced it was reserving hotels, but about 100 residents spent the night on air beds in a leisure center.

The building's material is similar to that of the Grenfell Tower, which bursted into flames after a resident's refrigerator exploded.

The Camden Council said there were concerns about the insulation of gas pipes and fire doors. 

Initially, the late Friday night evacuation only affected those in the Taplow tower block, but was later extended to five additional tower blocks. 

"I know it's difficult, but Grenfell changes everything and I just don't believe we can take any risk with our residents' safety and I have to put them first," said the council's Labour leader Georgia Gould.

Camden Borough Council said it housed many of the residents at two temporary shelters while many others were provided hotel rooms, after inspectors found fire safety issues in housing towers (AP photo).

She added that the work is expected to take three or four weeks, though, residents will be permitted to grab additional belongings during the weekend under escort from the fire brigade.

The evacuation grabbed the attention of Prime Minister Teresa May, who extended her support to those affected.