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Suspected lorry fire closes road in Piccadilly

St James Street in Piccadilly has been closed due to what is thought to be a lorry fire.

Transport for London has tweeted an update urging drivers to use alternative routes.

BBC journalist Nick Eardley tweeted that the fire appeared to have spread to the lorry after starting underground.

New Barnet flat fire now a murder investigation

The body of Antonio Tammaso was found by firefighters . Credit: Metropolitan Police

A murder investigation has been launched following the discovery of a body in a New Barnet flat after a fire on Thursday.

Firefighters who tackled the blaze at Sheridan Lodge on Potters Road called police when they discovered the body of 49-year-old Antonio James Tammaso, who lived alone in the flat. They also found a petrol can in one of the rooms.

The petrol can discovered in the burned flat . Credit: Metropolitan Police

Initially the death was thought to be non-suspicious, but a post mortem examination on Friday was inconclusive and indicated that Mr Tammaso had suffered a number of wounds prior to the fire.

Police are appealing for information, especially from anyone who may have seen someone carrying a red petrol can.


81 firefighters called to Dagenham blaze

An entire workshop on Green Lane in Dagenham was destroyed in a fire during the small hours of this morning.

Twelve fire engines and 81 firefighters and officers were called to the blaze at a workshop on Green Lane in Dagenham at around 2am. It took fours hours to bring it under control. Nearby flats were evacuated but no one was hurt.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

London Fire Brigade urging high rise residents to be safe

Thousands of people who live in high rise flats or maisonettes could be at risk of fire danger because they have not planned an escape route. London Fire Brigade found half of people would leave their home in the fire was somewhere else in their block which may not be the best thing to do.

London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson said'Flats and masonettes are built to give some protection from fire - a minimum of 30 minutes and up to 60 minutes. You are usually safer staying in your flat unless the heat or smoke is affecting you'

London Fire Brigade have now started a campaign to launch awareness of the risks.

Investigation into Royal British Legion clubhouse fire.

Royal British Legion clubhouse on Whitton Road in Hounslow Credit: Paul Cornish/PA Wire

Fire crews are investigating the cause of a blaze which seriously damaged a Royal British Legion clubhouse in Hounslow. The fire at the two story building yesterday took almost 60 firefighters three hours to extinguish. The cause of the fire is still unknown. There were no reported injuries.

Almost 60 firefighters battled the blaze Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire


Man dies in South London house fire

A man has died following a house fire in Croydon, South London. Firefighters were called to a blaze in Addiscombe Court this morning. They brought the fire under control within 25 minutes. The body of a man was found in the rear bedroom of the property. The cause of the fire is being investigated.

Man dies in Wembley fire

An elderly man has died after a fire at a house in Wembley.

Firefighters were called to Tudor Court North yesterday morning where part of the first floor had been damaged by the blaze.

The man had been brought out of the property before the Brigade arrived, but died later in hospital.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Teenager dies after being found on fire

A teenager has died after she was found on fire in south-west London. Police and the London Fire Brigade were called to a level crossing on West Barnes Lane, New Malden, where they found the 18-year-old on fire. They put out the blaze but the woman died at the scene.

A formal identification is yet to be made, but police believe they know the identity of the woman and her next of kin have been notified. The cause of the fire is being investigated, and police are treating the death as unexplained. It's believed the fire started at a nearby home in Linkway

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