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Fire ‘gutted’ Harold Hill vicarage

10:38 18 February 2014

Deliberate fires are down 92 per cent in Havering over the last decade.

Deliberate fires are down 92 per cent in Havering over the last decade.

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An electrical fire “gutted” a vicarage in Harold Hill on Sunday night.

Four crews of firefighters from Harold Hill, Romford, Hornchurch and Dagenham were called to the empty four-bedroom property in Kings Lynn Drive at 7.30pm.

The fire damaged part of the ground floor and a large part of the staircase, which had fallen away.

The St George’s Church vicarage has been privately rented for the last two years but was set to house a new vicar after the last tenants moved out in Jaunary.

Brian Nelson, church warden, said: “Nothing like this has ever happened before. The place has been gutted.”

The brigade arrived at about 7.30pm and extinguished the fire in an hour - with teams returning throughout the night.

Police and the building’s electrical company are investigating the fire, which was believed to have started in an electrical unit underneath the stairs.

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