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Panels Implicated in London Apartment Fire Also Used in US

In promotional brochures, a U.S. company boasted of the “stunning visual effect” its shimmering aluminum panels created in an NFL stadium, an Alaskan high school and a luxury hotel along Baltimore’s Inner Harbor that “soars 33 stories into the air.” Those same panels — Reynobond composite material with a polyethylene core — also were used in the Grenfell Tower apartment building in London. British authorities say they’re investigating whether the panels helped spread the blaze that ripped across the building’s outer walls, killing at least 80 people. The panels, also…

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Fire rages in Honolulu high-rise apartment building

AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy HONOLULU (AP) — More than 60 firefighters battled a multiple-alarm fire in a Honolulu high-rise apartment building Friday. The blaze at the Marco Polo apartments started on the 26th floor and spread to at least the 27th floor and several units, said Honolulu Fire Department spokesman Capt. David Jenkins. Paramedics treated several injured people, he said. Troy Yasuda, who lives in a building across the street, was giving water to people who evacuated. “They were choking from the smoke,” he said, … Read the referenced story here: Fire…

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