Neighbours’ grief after body of elderly man found in Barkingside home

PUBLISHED: 15:30 10 November 2016 | UPDATED: 16:00 10 November 2016

Neighbour Chand Vaghela captured the smoke coming out of the property.

Neighbour Chand Vaghela captured the smoke coming out of the property.

Chand Vaghela

Neighbours were “in tears” after the body of an elderly man was discovered following a fire at his home.

Police came across the blaze while on patrol in Horns Road, Barkingside, in the early hours of Tuesday.

When firefighters arrived, they found the body of a man inside the property.

A spokeswoman for the London Fire Brigade said: “We received a call at 1.20am to reports of a fire at a terraced house with two floors.

“Twenty-five per cent of the first floor was damaged by fire.

“The death is being treated as unexplained while the brigade investigates the cause of the fire.”

An ambulance crew and a hazardous area response team were sent to the address, but the man was confirmed dead at the scene.

Neighbours were evacuated from their homes and waited for more than two hours while emergency services dealt with the situation.

Kanti Gohil, 56, said of the dead man: “I saw him on Friday and I can’t believe days later he is gone.

“My daughter and wife were crying when we found out.

“He was a really nice guy – when you saw him he would always talk to you.”

Most of the neighbours left their houses wearing only their nightclothes and they huddled together across the road to keep warm.

Pradeep Vaghela, 51, said the vacated residents ended up sheltering at his brother’s house and they “pulled together” through the ordeal.

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