Southend flats blaze may have been arson, says Essex fire service

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A FIRE in a Southend block of flats on Saturday may have been an arson attack, firefighters have said.

The Essex fire service was called to the block in Hawtree Close at 7.31pm on Saturday, October 19.

Four crews were dispatched, from Southend, Shoeburyness and Leigh fire stations.

Firefighters arrived to find a ‘substantial fire’ in an enclosed refuse chute room, where a sofa and other combustible items had caught light.

The crews extinguished the blaze within half an hour and then used fans to ventilate the property.

The refuse room and surrounding stairwell both suffered fire and smoke damage.

An investigation into the cause found that it could have been accidental, or it could have been an arson attack. The fire service said they were ‘both possibilities’.

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Charles Thomson

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