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UPDATE: Four women escape suspected arson attack at flat in High Road, Ilford

PUBLISHED: 13:15 30 May 2013 | UPDATED: 13:15 30 May 2013

Police have cordoned off an area around Ali's Barber Shop and the flat above in High Road, Ilford

Police have cordoned off an area around Ali's Barber Shop and the flat above in High Road, Ilford

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Four women were led to safety after a suspected arson attack damaged the hallway and front door of their Ilford flat in the early hours of this morning.

Firefighters from Ilford and Barking were called at 2.50am to the fire above Ali’s Barber Shop, in High Road.

The London Ambulance Service treated two women for shock and smoke inhalation at the scene.

Fourteen firefighters had the fire under control in less than hour.

The exact cause of the fire is still being investigated, but Ilford CID have said they are treating the fire as arson at this stage.

Anyone with information has been asked to call the police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Did you see what happened? Please call 0208 477 3800 or email newsdesk@ilfordrecorder.co.uk.

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