Man arrested on suspicion of causing Harold Hill fire

PUBLISHED: 15:11 15 August 2016 | UPDATED: 16:41 15 August 2016

Firefighters tackled a blaze at a block of flats in Myrtle Road, Harold Hill. Picture: Matthew Clemenson

Firefighters tackled a blaze at a block of flats in Myrtle Road, Harold Hill. Picture: Matthew Clemenson


A man has been arrested on suspicion of arson in connection with a fire at Andromeda Court, Harold Hill.

The blaze engulfed the top floor of the block of flats in Myrtle Road, on Saturday, June 4.

A 24-year-old man, arrested on the same day as the fire, has been detained under the Mental Health Act and is bailed to return later this month.

Brian Gregory, 65, has been living in a Travelodge since the fire destroyed his home more than two months ago.

He said: “We lost everything in the fire. I have been offered another flat by the council and its totally substandard.”

Eight fire crews, some from as far away as Holloway, were called to tackle the blaze which took two hours for 58 firefighters to bring under control.

The council has found new alternative one-bedroom properties for those who lost their homes.

Cabinet member for housing, Cllr Damian White said: “We’re very sorry we have not been able to permanently rehouse these five tenants sooner.

“There is very great pressure on the limited housing stock available and we have moved as fast as possible.”

In a stroke of bad luck, Mr Gregory had come to the end of his contents only insurance policy and was exploring different policies when the fire broke out.

He is hoping the council provide some financial assistance to replace belongings.

There were no injuries reported in the incident and officers from Havering CID continue to investigate.

Latest Romford News Stories

23 minutes ago

Budding chess players from two Romford schools visited the World Chess Championship this week to see the world’s best players in action.


A man has been arrested on suspicion of drink driving following a car crash with an ambulance in Romford.

The NHS in Havering is spending £1.08 million more on diabetes prescriptions than it did three years ago, new NHS figures reveal.


Volunteers from the Muslim Support Service (MSS) are providing emotional support to patients at the borough’s hospital.

Yesterday, 17:00

The Bull pub in Romford Market Place is opening again after a £300,000 refurbishment.

Yesterday, 15:00

Veterans, schoolchildren, members of the British Legion, councillors and the Bishop of Barking all took part in the Elm Park Remembrance parade.

Yesterday, 13:45

Detectives investigating a sexual assault at Rainham station have released CCTV images of a man who might have more information about the incident.

Yesterday, 13:00

To round of this year’s commemorative events in Havering a beacon lighting ceremony was held on the green in Havering-atte-Bower.


From November, The Mercury in Romford begins to celebrate Christmas. The mall has plenty of gift ideas, fun events and activities for everyone

Vauxhall has completed its sport utility vehicle range with the third, and largest, Grandland X. We put the SUV, now available at Tony LeVoi in Romford, to the test.

“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining,” so the saying goes. So if some warm weather is making your conservatory uninhabitable, think about replacing its roof with a flat one and adding a roof lantern instead.

Newsletter Sign Up

Romford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Education Promo

News from your area


A Romford photographer impressed the judges of a national creative photography competition with a picture of a stunning sunset.

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now