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Chingford house fire: woman arrested on suspicion of murder after man dies in blaze in north-east London

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A woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a man died in a house fire in north-east London today.

Police said they were dealing with a “suspicious death” following the incident at the house in Genever Close, Chingford on Tuesday afternoon.

London Ambulance Service scrambled to the scene shortly after 1pm.

A man was found dead at the scene, while another person was rushed to a major trauma centre, LAS said in a statement.

A huge emergency response was seen in the cul-de-sac, with the air ambulance also landing nearby.

A man was found dead after a house fire in the cul-de-sac (Ian Welford)

A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman said: “Police are dealing with a suspicious death in Waltham Forest. 

“Officers were called at 13:12hrs on Tuesday, 19 February to a residential address in Genever Close, E4. 

“London Fire Brigade and London Ambulance Service had been called to a fire and found a man deceased inside the house.

“A woman was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder.

“A crime scene is in place. Enquiries continue.”

A London Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We were called at 1:11pm today (19 February) to reports of an incident at a residential address on Genever Close, Chingford.

“We sent a number of resources to the scene including: an incident response officer, an advanced paramedic, two ambulance crews and our hazardous area response team (HART). 

“We also dispatched London’s Air Ambulance.  

“We assessed a person at the scene and took them to a major trauma centre.

“Sadly, a second person was found dead.”

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