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Cladding Similar to Grenfell Tower Could Be on 600 U.K. Buildings, PM's Office Says

  • Tests being carried out on blocks to find extent of risk
  • Public inquiry to be held into why so many died in fire
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U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May addresses the House of Commons on testing done on materials in other high-rise buildings in the aftermath of last week's Grenfell Tower fire in west London. (Source: Bloomberg)

About 600 high-rise apartment blocks in England have been fitted with cladding similar to that used on the London tower in which 79 people died in a devastating fire last week, Prime Minister Theresa May’s office said.

Tests are being carried out on samples from blocks across the country at the rate of 100 a day, May told lawmakers in the House of Commons Thursday as she urged all landlords to submit their properties for checks.