Fire on Upper Brockley Road - update

As has already been widely reported (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/london/6543765.stm), on April 10th, a fire engulfed a house on Upper Brockley Road, killing one man and forcing the temporaty closure of the adjoining garage.

Police cordoned-off the site for nearly two weeks as builders made the buildings safe and the site was investigated. The police confirmed that arson is suspected as a possible cause of the fire and that the man killed was homeless and had been sleeping at the otherwise-disused house.

The house was badly damaged and remains surrounded by scaffolding as substantial rennovation will be required.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

It was very sad news.

Jon said...

PC Greg Poynter provided us with some info on this at last night's neighbourhood watch meeting. The house was owned by the same owner as the garage, who had apparently only recently purchased the properties.

As it is a crime scene, the house must now remain under 24hour police guard until it is made safe, at which point the fire brigade and police can investigate.

Planning permission was recently turned down to turn the garage into a block of flats.

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