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Police believe Walthamstow fire that killed two was started deliberately

A murder investigation has been launched following Sunday night’s fatal fire on Forest Road

Inset: Two people were found dead inside the Walthamstow house

Detectives investigating a fire at a Forest Road property that killed two people on Sunday night was started “deliberately” and have opened a murder case.

The two-storey terraced house, which sits opposite Waltham Forest Town Hall on Forest Road, was destroyed by the blaze, and two as yet unidentified people, were found inside by emergency services.

The London Fire Brigade (LFB) was called to the fire at 10.25pm on Sunday (21st April). It was brought under control just under two hours later thanks to the efforts of six fire engines and around 40 firefighters from Walthamstow, Woodford, Leyton and Tottenham fire stations.

Forensic teams were seen combing the front garden of the property yesterday afternoon when the Echo visited the scene. The end-of-terrace house and an adjacent alleyway remain taped off while officers conduct their investigation into the cause of the fire.

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Detective Chief Inspector Matt Webb, leading the investigation for the Metropolitan Police’s specialist crime command, said: “We believe that there may have been an incident outside the address in Forest Road before the fire started and I am very keen to hear from anyone who witnessed something or perhaps has doorbell or dashcam footage.

“We are working hard to identify the two people who sadly died in the fire, not least so that their families and loved ones can be notified.”

He added: “Two people’s lives have been cut short as a result of this fire. If you have heard something or have information relating to the incident please don’t hesitate to get in touch.”

The Met is asking anyone with information is asked to call 101 or ‘X’ @MetCC and quote CAD7022/21Apr.

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