Three arrested on suspicion of arson after 5G telecoms mast fire in Dagenham

PUBLISHED: 10:57 14 April 2020 | UPDATED: 14:10 14 April 2020

Some people had to be evacuated from their homes. Picture: Kelly Flatman

Some people had to be evacuated from their homes. Picture: Kelly Flatman


Three men have been arrested on suspicion of arson after a telecoms mast went up in flames.

The top of the mast ablaze. Picture: Kelly FlatmanThe top of the mast ablaze. Picture: Kelly Flatman

Neighbours were evacuated from their homes during the fire in Becontree Avenue, Dagenham in the early hours of this morning (April 14).

In total, 25 firefighters fought the flames after the London Fire Brigade (LFB) was called at 1.34am. The fire was out by 2.54am.

Eyewitness Kelly Flatman said: “I was so shocked when I walked down to it. It was weird to see the bottom on fire then nothing in the middle and then the top of it was covered in flames. It was crazy to watch. Total madness.”

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Firefighters, paramedics and police were called to the blaze with reports of a cordon covering Becontree Avenue, Mayesbrook Road and Fuller Road.

A Met police spokeswoman said: “Some evacuations were carried out as a precaution, but residents have since been allowed to return to their homes. There are no reports of any injuries.”

An LFB spokeswoman said the 20-metre tall mast was destroyed in the blaze which was attended by crews from Dagenham and lford.

Two 19-year-old men and an 18-year-old man, all arrested on suspicion of arson, are currently in police custody.

Enquiries into the cause are ongoing. An investigation by the Met and LFB is underway.

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