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Residents are to be evacuated from a tower block in Camden, north London, to allow "urgent fire safety works" to take place, local council leader Georgia Gould said.

In a notice posted online and shared by Dublin Fire Brigade the manufacturer said they have been made aware of an incident involving a Hotpoint branded appliances, manufactured between March 2006 and July 2009.

"The Grenfell fire changes everything - we need to do everything we can to keep residents safe".

'This means that we need to move residents from their homes and into temporary accommodation.

The speed at which the fire engulfed the 24-storey Grenfell Tower raised questions about the external cladding on the block.

A recall of Hotpoint fridge-freezer model numbers FF175BP or FF175BG has been issued while further tests are carried out, while a company spokesman said: "Words can not express our sorrow at this awful tragedy".

Preliminary tests on the samples of insulation showed it burned soon after the test started, and more quickly than the cladding tiles. So far only nine people have been formally identified and police say the remains of some might never be found, the blaze having been so fierce.

A United Kingdom fire service spokesman said a failed cladding test did not necessarily mean a building was unsafe and it would depend on amount of cladding and where it was fitted.

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Fears about cladding are not limited to apartment buildings - at least one hotel chain is calling in experts to make certain it meets safety regulations. Prime Minister Theresa May also said the government won't penalize any fire survivors in the country illegally.

Tauranga mayor Greg Brownless said: "Naturally it's concerning if any of our buildings are coated in the same material as the Grenfell Tower but fortunately we do not have many high rises in the city".

Hotpoint said Friday that "words can not express our sorrow at this awful tragedy" and added it was working with authorities to examine the appliance.

Another firefighter wrote "Our hearts go out to everyone touched by this tragedy". Early tests of materials used on the building's exterior returned alarming results, she said.

McCormack also repeated calls for anyone with information about the fire and all those in the tower at the time to come forward as police continue to comb through the devastated building to try to identify all the victims.

Edward Strange said: "We've had two fires here since the cladding was put on and both fires didn't spread so I don't see what the problem is".

One shirt bearing the London Ambulance Service logo said: "We refuse to forget you".

"It's happening immediately. we could not be sure that people could be safe".