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Havering Council investigates illegally dumped rubbish outside of Harold Hill flats involved in fire

PUBLISHED: 10:43 02 October 2018 | UPDATED: 15:52 02 October 2018

Firefighters were called to reports that there was a fire outside Dryden Towers on Sunday, September 30. Picture: Mickey King.

Firefighters were called to reports that there was a fire outside Dryden Towers on Sunday, September 30. Picture: Mickey King.

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Residents had to leave their home after some rubbish caught fire by their tower block for the second time in six months.

Charlotte called 999 after smelling smoke at Dryden Towers in Heaton Avenue on Sunday, September 30. Picture: Charlotte Emily.Charlotte called 999 after smelling smoke at Dryden Towers in Heaton Avenue on Sunday, September 30. Picture: Charlotte Emily.

Firefighters were called to reports that some rubbish had caught alight in Heaton Avenue on Sunday, September 30.

A spokesman from the London Fire Brigade said: “We were called at 9.17pm and the fire was stopped at 9.25pm.

“It was a secondary fire, because it wasn’t in the block of flats, but it was outside of the building.

“A number of fire engines were sent, but one fire engine dealt with the incident.”

Charlotte Emily lives on the second floor of Dryden Towers. She was standing on her balcony when she smelled smoke.

She said: “I turned around to see orange smoke, I ran into my kitchen and opened the window.

“I saw the fire and rang 999. I grabbed both my children and opened the front door to be greeted with thick black smoke and ash in mine and my kids face.

A Havering Council spokesman said: “We understand this would have been distressing for residents and have taken immediate action to catch those responsible.

“The fire involved rubbish, illegally and irresponsibly dumped outside Dryden Towers over the weekend. We have since cleared and cleaned the area and are carrying out a full investigation.

“The Council will not tolerate the illegal dumping of waste and we will do everything in our power to bring perpetrators to justice, especially when it jeopardises the safety and wellbeing of our residents.”

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