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All-clear for buildings on 155 KCC sites checked for fire safety after Grenfell Tower tragedy

PUBLISHED: 11:43 15 September 2017 | UPDATED: 11:43 15 September 2017

Grenfell Tower fire. Photo: Natalie Oxford/PA Wire

Grenfell Tower fire. Photo: Natalie Oxford/PA Wire

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None of the buildings were found to have the specific aluminium composite material present at Grenfell

A fire safety review of buildings on 155 Kent County Council sites which have some form of exterior cladding has been carried out following the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

The blaze, which killed at least 80 people in west London back in June, sparked a series of intense safety checks by authorities across the country.

This has now been completed and found that none of the buildings has the specific aluminium composite material which was present at Grenfell and which has failed the national fire safety testing.

An update reported to KCC’s scrutiny committee said that where cladding is present “the risk associated with them is low with fire risk assessments in place”.

Two high-rise residential blocks close to the Kent History and Library centre in Maidstone, owned by KCC, received particular attention.

However, these buildings were constructed without any form of cladding, but with a system which has a high fire protection rating.

Eric Hotson, KCC’s cabinet member for corporate and democratic services, said: “Fire safety is a complex matter and mitigating risk is a blend of building layout and construction, safety systems and management.

“We have carried out a rigorous examination of all the buildings for which KCC is responsible and our teams have been working extremely hard over the past few weeks to ensure that proper fire safety precautions are in place.

“In general, we have no concerns to date of high or significant fire risk, although we will be identifying areas of improvement and an action plan to achieve them.”

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