Friday 21 July 2017

German high-rise evacuated over insulation concerns in wake of Grenfell disaster

Police stand in front of the apartment block in Wuppertal (Holger Battefeld/dpa via AP)
Police stand in front of the apartment block in Wuppertal (Holger Battefeld/dpa via AP)

A western German city has decided to evacuate an 11-storey apartment block because of concerns over exterior insulation similar to that of Grenfell Tower.

City authorities in Wuppertal said the fire risk at the building had been reassessed following the fire in London that killed at least 79 people, news agency dpa reported.

It said replacement accommodation is available for the residents and they can return to their apartments once the insulation is removed.

In all, 72 people are believed to be affected.

Aluminium composite panels used as exterior cladding are believed to have rapidly spread the fire in London on June 14, trapping residents in their homes before firefighters could save them.

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