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Cladding fears calmed after checks at Kent’s high rise blocks in wake of Grenfell Tower tragedy

PUBLISHED: 11:05 04 August 2017 | UPDATED: 11:05 04 August 2017

All councils have been ordered to carry out fire risk assessments in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire that has claimed at least 80 lives, according to police. Rick Findler/PA Wire

All councils have been ordered to carry out fire risk assessments in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire that has claimed at least 80 lives, according to police. Rick Findler/PA Wire

Fire crews have been checking apartment blocks since the fire

A review of the county’s high-rise buildings has calmed fears of cladding in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy nearly two months ago.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service has checked all apartment buildings rising ten floors or above, all of which revealed no concerns over cladding, which was linked to the spread of the fire which killed at least 80 people.

At the end of June, we visited one of the checks at Carl Ekman House in Northfleet, read more about it here.

Visits to residential blocks of six floors or more are expected to finish by mid-August, before the fire service begins its next phase of checking non-residential tower blocks including offices, hotels and other commercial buildings.

A spokesperson from KFRS said: “KFRS staff have also been offering reassurance to residents in the flats and encouraging them to make sure that they are familiar with fire safety procedures and evacuation plans for their own building.

“Our community safety team have also been on hand to carry out home safety checks of people’s own homes, as an extra reassurance and have handed out leaflets with safety advice, including in other languages.”

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