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Two men arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and arson after A406 fire in Ilford

PUBLISHED: 10:53 19 June 2019 | UPDATED: 15:50 19 June 2019

The A406 southbound entry slip road at Ilford is closed following a fire in which two men suffered serious burns. Picture: Ellena Cruse

The A406 southbound entry slip road at Ilford is closed following a fire in which two men suffered serious burns. Picture: Ellena Cruse

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Police have arrested two men on suspicion of arson and attempted murder after a fire next to the A406 in Ilford last night (June 18).

The land behind the A406 where two men suffered serious burns from a fire. Picture: Ellena CruseThe land behind the A406 where two men suffered serious burns from a fire. Picture: Ellena Cruse

Four fire engines and around 25 firefighters were called at 11.45pm to reports of a tent fire on land next to the southbound carriageway.

Police and London Ambulance Service also attended.

Emergency services were called to a fire on land next to the southbound carriageway of the A406 in Ilford. Picture: GoogleEmergency services were called to a fire on land next to the southbound carriageway of the A406 in Ilford. Picture: Google

Two men were found suffering burns and both have been taken to an east London hospital - one man remains in a critical condition but the second man's injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

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Two other men were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and arson and both remain in custody at an east London police station.

Fire crews from Ilford, Stratford and East Ham attended the scene.

The tent was destroyed by the fire and a large area of wasteland was damaged.

Enquiries into the circumstances are ongoing.

The southbound section of the A406 at Ilford remains closed today (June 19).

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