‘Suspicious’ fire destroys ground floor of Dagenham grocer’s shop
PUBLISHED: 14:37 19 October 2020 | UPDATED: 15:42 19 October 2020
An investigation is underway after a “suspicious” fire destroyed the ground floor of a shop.
Firefighters alerted the police to the blaze in Oxlow Lane, Dagenham, at 1.07am on Saturday, October 17.
About 25 firefighters fought the flames at the shop which has flats above it. The ground floor was destroyed as well as the canopy at the front.
A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said: “ On arrival crews saw smoke and flames coming from the shop’s external electrical sign and the grocery display stand below.
“Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus carried out a search of the flat above the shop to make sure that everyone was safely out. Thankfully, no one was hurt.”
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Part of a first floor flat and the roof fascia were damaged too. The London Fire Brigade’s 999 control room officers took a total of seven calls.
A Met police spokesperson said: “It was reported that a number of items had been set alight outside a grocery store.
“There were no reported injuries, but there was severe damage to the outside of the building.”
The Brigade was called just before 1am and the fire was under control by 1.53am. Crews from Dagenham and Ilford fire stations attended.
Police have yet to make any arrests, but enquiries by the east area command unit continue.
The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Brigade and the Metropolitan Police Service.
Anyone who witnessed what happened or has information is asked to call police on 101 quoting 688/17Oct. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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