Newcastle Council is carrying out checks on blocks of flats over 18 metres high

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Newcastle City Council is carrying out checks on residential buildings over 18 metres high in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire.

Thirty people are now known to have died in the fire which engulfed the 24-storey block in West London in the early hours of Wednesday. The cause of the fire and how it spread so quickly is under investigation.

Your Homes Newcastle which manages 38 high rise blocks on behalf of the city council has reassured tenants that the type of cladding used on the Grenfell Tower has not been used on any of its buildings.

As a precautionary measure, the council is now checking building regulation application records for older residential buildings it does not own. This is to establish if similar cladding works have been carried out as part of historic refurbishments.

The findings will be used to inform our risk assessments regarding the buildings and passed for information to the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service.

Leader of the Council, Cllr Nick Forbes, said: “The country is in a state of shock at the terrible events in West London – my heart goes out to all those affected by this terrible tragedy.

“It’s critically important that we find out as quickly as possible what caused the fire to spread so rapidly.”

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