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28 June 2017

United Kingdom authorities said the use of the panels in Grenfell Tower was in breach of United Kingdom building regulations.

LONDON — Britain's prime minister said Tuesday there must be a "major national investigation" of potentially flammable cladding on high-rise towers, while a German city evacuated an 11-story building because of safety concerns prompted by the fatal fire in London. The company also makes another type of panel - Reynobond FR - which is fire-resistant.

USA firm Arconic Inc said it was stopping global sales of its Reynobond PE cladding, which was used in Grenfell Tower, for use in high-rise buildings after the fire.

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All hospitals have been asked to conduct additional checks and 15 government buildings "require further investigation", Javid said, without giving further details.

Other companies involved in the refurbishment of the building in which the Arconic cladding material was fitted said they complied with all local rules.

The national testing was ordered after flammable cladding was blamed for the rapid spread of the June 14 inferno at west London's Grenfell Tower, which claimed at least 79 lives.

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"Our tests will look at each aspect individually, as well as how they all worked together as part of the building's cladding", police said in a statement.

Arconic's announcement came as the government announced that cladding material from 75 buildings in 26 local authorities had failed combustibility tests.

He confirmed that the cladding on the 95 residential blocks tested so far, in 32 different areas, dated from this decade and the last decade, adding: "Very clearly, these failings are concerning". "I am concerned about the speed at which samples are being submitted". She said the Wuppertal building's fire escape routes also relied on external balconies that could not be used if the facade material caught fire, and it was too tall to use ladders for evacuations. Javid said the figure recognizes that small charities and not-for-profit organizations are making a contribution to the relief effort.

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The funding is in addition to 5 million pounds ($6.4 million) provided for the Grenfell Tower Residents' Discretionary Fund.