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Five London towers evacuated over fire safety fears

LONDON: Residents of 800 London flats were hurriedly evacuated Saturday due to fire safety fears over their tower blocks' external cladding, after urgent testing prompted by the deadly Grenfell Tower inferno. The cladding on the five Chalcots Estate towers is similar to that used on Grenfell, widely blamed for the rapid spread of the massive blaze last week that is presumed to have killed 79 people. The dramatic decision follows urgent testing of the towers' exteriors, which were installed by the same contractor as the…