Man, 87, taken to hospital after suspected arson attack in Hornchurch

PUBLISHED: 09:45 30 July 2012 | UPDATED: 11:32 31 July 2012

Firefighters have been called out to Coldharbour Lane, Rainham, to rescue a cow

Firefighters have been called out to Coldharbour Lane, Rainham, to rescue a cow


An 87-year-old man was taken to hospital and a 15-year-old boy was treated for smoke inhalation after a suspected arson attack on a Hornchurch flat over the weekend.

Twenty firefighters and four fire engines were called to the blaze, which started outside an eighth-floor flat on Haynes Park Court, Slewins Close, at about 7pm on Saturday July 28. The London Ambulance Service was called at 7.15pm and sent one crew to the scene, where they treated an 87-year-old man for a head injury and smoke inhalation and took him to Queen’s Hospital, Romford. The boy was treated by firefighters.

The incident was over by 7.50pm.

The Harold Hill fire crew was first on the scene, and Dagenham and Romford crews also attended. Police are investigating the cause of the fire.

Anyone with information about the incident should call DS Tony Constanza of Havering police on 101.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years, through good times and bad. Coronavirus is one of the greatest challenges our community has ever faced, but if we all play our part we will defeat it. We're here to serve as your advocate and trusted source of local information.

In these testing times, your support is more important than ever. Thank you.

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the Romford Recorder