LONDON • An estimated 600 high-rise buildings in England contain cladding similar to that used on a London tower block which caught fire, killing at least 79 people, officials said yesterday.
Flames spread rapidly up the 24-storey Grenfell Tower last week and exterior cladding added during a refurbishment may have played a part, residents have said. The government ordered urgent checks of other tower blocks.
"The estimate provided to us by councils is that there are approximately 600 high-rise buildings with similar cladding," a spokesman for Prime Minister Theresa May told reporters.
Further testing would be conducted to ensure the buildings were safe, the spokesman said, adding people would be rehoused if necessary.