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Two London schools fail fire safety tests following Grenfell Towers fir

From WN

According to the Department of Education, two schools tested thus far for cladding in the aftermath of the Grenfell Towers fire failed combustibility tests, BBC News reported.

Cladding in a London secondary academy and primary special school were found to be “not of limited combustibility,” the Department of Education said in a statement. Both schools were determined safe after extra safety tests, they added.

“As a precautionary step, both schools have already been inspected by the fire and rescue service, who confirmed appropriate measures are in place to mitigate the risks from potential fire, and the buildings have now been declared safe for continued use.” – Department of Education

Following the Grenfell Towers blaze that killed at least 80 people, the department ordered all UK schools and colleges to undergo fire safety checks, the report said.

In addition, the department had all 22,000 England schools take a fire safety survey, the report said. According to a spokesman, they received thousands of responses.

Schools more than four stories high were asked to send samples of cladding similar to the aluminum composite cladding used at Grenfell Towers for tests at the Buildings Research Establishment in Hertfordshire.

The cladding at London Enterprise Academy in Tower Hamlets and The Bridge Primary School in Islington failed these tests, according to a spokesman.

Fire experts visited both schools to ensure measures are in place for evacuation, the report said.

The spokesperson added the school building design meant the risk was not the same as housing, BBC News reported., Jubilee Baez


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