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Forest Gate shop fire that forced 26 people to flee homes ‘suspicious’, say police

PUBLISHED: 08:58 10 August 2020 | UPDATED: 08:58 10 August 2020

Firefighters have been on the scene all night. Picture: LFB

Firefighters have been on the scene all night. Picture: LFB

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Police are treating a blaze that broke out overnight at a row of shops in Forest Gate as suspicious.

Firefighters were called to a blaze at a row of shops in Forest Gate. Picture: LFBFirefighters were called to a blaze at a row of shops in Forest Gate. Picture: LFB

Crews were initially called to Green Street, near the junction with Sherrard Road, to reports of a fire at a mid-terraced shop with a flat above at around 10.30pm yesterday (Sunday, August 9).

The fire then spread into three neighbouring shops and into four of the flats above them.

Three shops and four flats sustained either partial or severe fire damage.

Around 100 firefighters and 15 fire engines from stations across east London were called to the scene.

Around 100 firefighters were called to the scene. Picture: LFBAround 100 firefighters were called to the scene. Picture: LFB

A London Fire Brigade spokesperson estimated 26 people left the flats before firefighters arrived, with one man being treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.

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Newham Council housing officers are assisting those who had to leave their homes.

The spokesperson said: “The fire spread through several old shop premises and was difficult to gain control of due to it spreading in different ways.

“A range of equipment has been used to tackle the fire, our crews have used breathing apparatus to carry out searches of all of the premises and we are used our aerial appliances to observe from above. We also used our drone to gain a better view of the fire.”

Firefighters remained at the scene throughout the night, getting it under control at 3.25am.

They are set to stay there all day today (Monday, August 10) to dampen down the area.

There are road closures in place along Green Street between Westbury Terrace and Studley Road, but buses are able to pass through.

The cause of the fire is due to be investigated by the Brigade and the Met Police, with a spokesperson for the latter saying that no arrests have been made.

Anyone who has information about the circumstances of the fire is asked to contact police on 101 quoting CAD9152/9AUG or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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