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Browns stadium wrapped in flammable materials

FILE-In this Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009 file photo, fans walk into Cleveland Browns Stadium before the Minnesota Vikings play the Cleveland Browns in an NFL football game, in Cleveland. In sales brochures, a U.S. company boasted of the "stunning visual effect" its shimmering aluminum panels created in an NFL stadium, an Alaskan school and a 33-story hotel on Baltimore's waterfront.(AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (AP) -- Cleveland's chief building official says panels used First Energy Stadium are "similar if not identical" to those used at a London apartment tower that burned.

However, Thomas Vanover also says he's confident the Cleveland Browns' stadium is safe.

A spokesman for Cleveland's mayor initially said questions about the stadium would have to wait until after the investigation into the London fire, which killed at least 80 people. But Vanover held a news conference Thursday after The Associated Press reported on concerns about several U.S. buildings, including the stadium.

Vanover says the panels were installed on the stadium in a different way than in London's Grenfell Tower, and that the venue's overall cladding system was different.

Arconic Inc. quit making the panels available for high-rise buildings after the fire.

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