Fire safety experts and opposition parties call for update of regulations as they raise concerns about popular building method

An increasingly popular method of building blocks of flats is potentially vulnerable to sudden and unpredictable fires, safety experts and firefighters have said after the Grenfell Tower blaze, adding that ministers should urgently update regulations.

Labour and the Liberal Democrats have also called on government to act over the risks posed by timber-frame blocks if they are not properly built and maintained. Using timber frames is the most popular building method for social housing in the UK.

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