Police arrest man after Forest Gate fire

Emergency services attended the scene in Stephenson Street

Emergency services attended the scene in Stephenson Street - Credit: Archant

Police have arrested a man in Waltham Forest in connection with a fire in Forest Gate this morning.

Police were called at 2.04am to Jephson Road this morning were a fire had started in temporary accommodation for the homeless.

After arriving at the scene with two fire engines, Stratford firefighters found a melted bath after a fire was lit underneath it.

Newham officers have arrested a man and took him to an east London police station where enquiries continue.

Homeless Livingston Jones, 53, was staying at the property when the fire started.

“I was in bed – I’m recovering from a heart attack,” he said. “I was scared – the fire could’ve killed the eight people staying there and we’ve got children here under five.

“I haven’t slept all night.”

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London Ambulance Service and London Fire Brigade also attended the scene where nobody was injured.

Livingston and the others have lost their temporary accommodation as a result.

“The landlord has said we have to leave because of smoke,” he said. “We can’t stay there anymore but we’re starving and we’re cold.”

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