London Fire Brigade

Latest statement regarding the evacuation of Chalcots Estate in Camden

24 June 2017

Our latest statement regarding the evacuation of the Chalcots Estate in Camden.

Assistant Commissioner for Fire Safety, Dan Daly said:

"Our highly trained Inspecting Officers, working very closely with Camden Council, yesterday determined that essential works are required in these four buildings on the Chalcots Estate. We appreciate the inconvenience residents have experienced and that such immediate action will have an impact on all those involved.

"Camden Council have acted swiftly and we will continue to work with them as they make the necessary renovations in these buildings. Working with local authorities and other housing providers we need to do everything we can to ensure the safety of the people we are all here to serve.”

London Fire Brigade Inspecting Officers identified concerns relating to services that have been run through compartment walls leading to possible breaches in the buildings ability to stop fire spreading. There were also concerns that some fire doors in the building are not working as they should, meaning that in the event of a fire it could spread to other parts of the building. These issues are in addition to the now widely understood concerns regarding external cladding.

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Details of how works will be carried out and timescales for renovations to be complete are being managed by the council.