(L-R) The Taplow, Bray and Dorney residential tower blocks on the Chalcots Estate are pictured in north London on June 23, 2017. Tower blocks housing thousands of people across England are being urgently tested to check if their outer coverings pose a serious fire risk following the Grenfell Tower disaster, with nearly a dozen already testing positive for combustible material. 11 buildings have already been confirmed by the Government to have combustible cladding including five buildings on the Chalcots Estate in north London. Camden Council said in a statement that the external cladding panels on the five blocks at the estate did not satisfy their independent laboratory testing and that they would immediately begin preparing to remove them. / AFP PHOTO / NIKLAS HALLE'NNIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images

Britain’s housing safety scandal intensified on Saturday as officials confirmed that 27 tower blocks in 15 council areas of England had failed fire safety tests. The news follows chaotic scenes on Friday night as thousands of North London residents were forced to leave their high-rise homes amid safety concerns following the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy. Work to secure their flats on the Chalcots estate could take up to four weeks and urgent accommodation was being sought by Camden Council.

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