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Grenfell Tower fire: Canning Town block is claimed to have similar cladding as doomed building

PUBLISHED: 13:18 15 June 2017 | UPDATED: 10:50 16 June 2017

It is understood that Ferrier Point has the same cladding material as Grenfell Tower. PICTURE: Google StreetView

It is understood that Ferrier Point has the same cladding material as Grenfell Tower. PICTURE: Google StreetView

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Newham Council has denied that a tower block in Canning Town is a fire risk after it emerged it had a similar type of cladding to that of Grenfell Tower.

At least 17 people died in the fire on Wednesday morning.  Picture: Natalie_Oxford/PA Wire At least 17 people died in the fire on Wednesday morning. Picture: Natalie_Oxford/PA Wire

Ferrier Point in Forty Acre Lane, is claimed to have an insulated aluminium rainscreen cladding which is allegedly the same type of material used on the exterior of the doomed 24-storey block in west London.

The 23-storey block was fitted with the cladding in a £3.5 million contract with Rydon as part of a overall £8.5m refurbishment in 2015.

Rydon subcontracted the work to Harley Facades Ltd which carried out the work on their behalf.

A spokesman for Harley Facades Ltd that it would not be appropriate to speculate any further while a public enquiry was underway.

As the cause of the fire is now under investigation, there is no evidence that contractors are at fault or responsible for the blaze.

Newham Council has sought to allay fears that the building is a hazard following the massive fire on Wednesday morning which engulfed Grenfell Tower and killed at least 17 people and left 74 injured.

The death toll is expected to rise in the next few days.

A council spokeswoman said: “A fire risk assessment was carried out in March.

“No issues were identified but following the fire in Kensington, we are carrying out further assessments at Ferrier Point and other tall blocks to see if any action needs to be taken.

“Ferrier Point was subject to strict building control when it was refurbished to ensure construction and materials used met with fire safety legislation.”

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