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Police found cannabis in the house which took fire in Hornchurch

PUBLISHED: 14:45 02 November 2015 | UPDATED: 16:01 02 November 2015

The blaze of a house fire in Ambleside Avenue, Hornchurch, completely destroyed the roof surface of the two-storey residential block

The blaze of a house fire in Ambleside Avenue, Hornchurch, completely destroyed the roof surface of the two-storey residential block

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Police are investigating the cause of a house fire in Hornchurch.

Police confirmed finding cannabis growing inside the flat, which took fire yesterday afternoon.

Firefighters were called at an address in Ambleside Avenue at 5.22pm on Sunday and four crews attended.

The fire affected a the top floor of a two-storey residential building and completely destroyed the roof space.

The cause of the fire is unknown but a police team was seen at the scene this morning investigating and said it was “a crime scene”.

Derek Edgington, 63, who lives in the flat on the ground floor with his 89 year-old mother who is in a wheelchair, was warned by his neighbour there was smoke coming out from the roof.

He went to see his top floor neighbour, who told him the fire was “under control” but smoke continued to stream from the roof and Mr Edgington called the fire brigade.

He then made sure the three other residents in the building had safely evacuated and were unhurt.

Police have not been able to speak to the woman, who rented the flat, since the fire.

A neighbour, who preferred not to be named, told the Recorder police and ambulance crews attended the scene and several hoses were used until about 8pm and the fire brigade were at the scene until about 10pm.

Another resident described the scene as “frightening”.

A cherry picker also attended the scene to clean the roof of any loose tiles.

Stewart Wheeler, who lives a couple of doors down from the scene, was working in his garden when he heard someone screaming “fire” and spotted the lights of the fire engines whizzing down the road.

“When those things happen you do worry a bit even though the chances of the fire travelling are quite remote.”


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