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A Year Later, Grenfell Tower Fire Still Haunts Britain

In the shadow of London’s Grenfell Tower, the pain is as fresh as the newly laid flowers for the dead. One year ago, the residential high-rise was destroyed by a fire that killed 72 people. It was the greatest loss …

Failed Cladding Systems Found on 82 UK Buildings

British authorities have announced an independent review into building regulations after new tests identified 82 apartment towers whose cladding system failed to meet fire safety tests after the west London tower block blaze that killed at least 80 people. Britain …

London Fire Fallout Widens, Hundreds Evacuated From Apartment Towers

The scope of Britain’s fire-safety crisis broadened Saturday as London officials scrambled to evacuate four public housing towers due to concerns about fire doors and insulation around gas pipes. Hundreds of residents hastily packed their bags, with many angry and …

Combustible Cladding Found on 600 Blocks Across England

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 …

Green Cladding on London High-Rises Has Fueled Fires Before

For the last decade, engineers specializing in fire safety have worried about the hidden danger posed by the kind of insulated metallic skin that transported flames up a high-rise apartment building in London, killing dozens. Panels of the armor-like “cladding” …

High-Rise Shelter-in-Place Rule Questioned After Deadly London Fire

A catastrophic blaze at a London apartment tower has brought new scrutiny to a long-accepted, counterintuitive rule for people in tall buildings: If the blaze breaks out elsewhere in the structure, don’t automatically run for the stairs. Stay put and …

London Building Materials Under Scrutiny After Deadly Fire

The British government Sunday scrambled to contain political fallout from the London high-rise inferno that has claimed at least 58 lives as officials focused on building materials that may have spread the fire quickly. The cause of Wednesday’s blaze is …

Inquiry Ordered Into London Tower Blaze as Death Toll Rises

Prime Minister Theresa May said there will be a “full public inquiry” into a fire at a tower block in west London that killed at least 17 people, as Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond cancelled a keynote speech on …

After High Rise Fires, Dubai Will Require Recladding

New fire safety rules have come to Dubai after a series of skyscraper fires that marred its futuristic skyline, but authorities offered few details Sunday about how they’ll force owners to replace flammable siding with better material. Most of the …

New Year’s Eve Dubai Tower Blaze Reveals Risks in Cladding

Within minutes, the revelry of New Year’s Eve in Dubai turned to horror as those gathered for fireworks downtown watched flames race up the side of one of the glistening city’s most prominent luxury hotels. But the fire at the …