UPDATE: Roof of ‘family run’ shop in Woodford Green destroyed by fire

The building following the fire.

The building following the fire. - Credit: Archant

Firefighters were called to a “family run” shop in Woodford Green yesterday (Sunday) after a fire broke out on the top floor of the building.

The roof of the building destroyed by fire.

The roof of the building destroyed by fire. - Credit: Archant

Five engines attended the blaze at the flat above Londis, in Shenfield Road, at around 3.30pm.

It is believe the fire started in the bathroom.

A spokesman for Woodford Green Fire Station said: “The manager of the shop only knew about the fire after a customer told him he could see smoke coming from the roof.”

Guy Kilbey, 45, of Broadmead Road, realised a fire had broken out while he was out in his garden.

He said: “I could smell smoke but thought people were just having barbecues nearby. It was only my wife came out and told me the water pressure had dropped significantly that I thought I’d go and see what was wrong.

“When I saw the roof of the shop it was still smouldering and the firefighters must have been there several hours. Luckily no one was hurt.

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“I regularly visit the family run shop and it is very popular locally.”

Did you see what happened? Please call 0208 477 3825 or email newsdesk@ilfordrecorder.co.uk.

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