London council evacuates residents over fire safety concerns

Jun 24, 2017

London council evacuates residents over fire safety concerns

One London community is evacuating some 800 households from five publicly owned apartment towers because of safety concerns following the devastating fire that killed 79 people in a west London high-rise on June 14. The move comes as residents of thousands of tower blocks ...

London fire: Other high-rises have similar combustible panels

Jun 23, 2017

London fire: Other high-rises have similar combustible panels

Tests so far have found that at least seven high-rise apartment buildings in England have combustible external panels like the ones believed to have contributed to a fire that killed 79 people in London, Prime Minister Theresa May’s office said Thursday. Downing Street said ...

After deadly London tower fire, local council chief resigns

Jun 22, 2017

After deadly London tower fire, local council chief resigns

The chief executive of a London borough where a tower block fire killed at least 79 people in Britain’s worst blaze since World War II has resigned. Nicholas Holgate, chief executive of Kensington and Chelsea council, said he was forced out by Prime Minister ...

Stay or go? Deadly London fire puts scrutiny on high-rise rule

Jun 18, 2017

Stay or go? Deadly London fire puts scrutiny on high-rise rule

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 wait for instructions. That ...

25 dead from forest fires in central Portugal

Jun 18, 2017

25 dead from forest fires in central Portugal

At least 25 people have been killed in forest fires in central Portugal, many of them trapped in their cars as flames swept over a road, officials said early Sunday. Interior Ministry official Jorge Gomes said the deaths occurred in the Pedrogao Grande area, ...

Anger boils over as death toll in London tower block fire hits 30

Jun 17, 2017

Anger boils over as death toll in London tower block fire hits 30

Angry London residents heckled Prime Minister Theresa May and stormed local authority headquarters Friday as they demanded justice for the victims of a tower block fire that left 30 people dead, with dozens more unaccounted for. May was criticized for avoiding locals when she ...