German city evacuates block over insulation worry

2017-06-28 08:16
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Berlin - A western German city decided on Tuesday to evacuate an 11-story block of flats because of concerns over exterior insulation similar to that of London's 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 was available for the residents and they could return to their flats once the insulation was 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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