Grenfell survivors and anti-cladding campaigners have called on the Westminster government to act after a fire broke out at a high-rise block of flats reportedly wrapped in the same dangerous cladding that led to the Grenfell Tower disaster.
Two men were taken to hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation and a further 38 adults and four children were treated at the scene after a fire broke out at New Providence Wharf in Poplar, East London at 8:30 on Friday morning.
More than 125 firefighters fought the blaze on parts of the eighth, ninth and 10th floors of the 19-storey block. All residents were evacuated from the building.
The aluminium composite material (ACM) cladding on the building drew comparisons to Grenfell with campaigners urging ministers to act quickly to remove it from buildings.
Giles Grover, spokesman for the End Our Cladding Campaign, told The Big Issue: “We are devastated to see this fire happen at a building that still has ACM cladding.
He added: “Our full ire is directed at the government. Ministers have chosen to deny the full scale of the building safety crisis. The Government must just stop simply focusing on managing the news cycle and now finally ensure that there is a coordinated approach to dealing with this scandal, which involves all stakeholders, rather than the current piecemeal and disjointed strategy.