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Fire ‘gutted’ Harold Hill vicarage

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.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
10:38 AM

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

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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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