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Arsonist ‘poured petrol through home to kill 14 year old girl’

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Tiffany Regis fire

Tiffany Regis, 14, has locally been named as the female who died due to an arsonist-sparked fire in a block of flats in Beckton, east London. The arsonist allegedly poured petrol through her home’s letterbox to start the fire.

Chief Superintendent Simon Crick, who leads the north east command unit, said: “My thoughts at this time are with the victim and their family and friends.

“Incidents such as these send shockwaves through our communities and I don’t underestimate the impact this will have in the local area and beyond. Your officers will be on patrol in the immediate vicinity over the Easter Weekend, please talk to them if you have any concerns.”

Reports say local residents were forced to jump from the block’s windows in efforts to escape the blaze, as the fire engulfed much of the block’s upper floor. Smoke could be seen emanating from windows.

The London Ambulance Service has confirmed one individual was sadly pronounced dead at the scene, and five others were transported to hospital.

The block of flats on Tollgate Road, Newham
The block of flats on Tollgate Road, Newham //GOOGLE

The London Fire Brigade has said the blaze almost completely destroyed a connecting stairwell between the ground and second floors, and that most of the second floor was damaged, requiring 40 firefighters to attend.

The Met spokesperson added: “One male has been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the incident and enquiries are ongoing.

“A road closure is in place on Tollgate Road and restriction are in place on Bradley Stone Road and Valiant Way.”

One local resident has said there is a suggestion the male poured petrol through the home’s letterbox to start the fire, although, it has not been corroborated by police at this time.

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