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Man in his 30s dies in suspected cannabis factory fire as road closed by police for days

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A man in his 30s has died following a blaze on New Year’s Eve at a suspected cannabis factory in Clapton, where roads still remain closed.

Six fire engines and around 40 firefighters were called at 3.56pm on Friday to the scene of a fire in a single storey workshop on Southwold Road, in Hackney.

Firefighters found a man inside the building and dragged him out of the property, after which he was rushed to hospital by London Ambulance Service crews – but the man sadly died there this morning (January 4).

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Police attended the scene at around 4.10pm, setting up cordons that still remain in place today (January 4). As a result, Southwold Road has been closed since New Year’s Eve.

The Brigade managed to get the fire under control by 4.44pm on December 31.

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The Met’s enquiries are ongoing, while one man has been arrested and released under investigation in connection with the incident.

Both the police and the Brigade are still working to establish the cause of the fire.

A spokesperson for the Met said: “An investigation is ongoing following a fire at a suspected cannabis factory in Clapton.

“Police were called by LFB at around 4.10pm on 31 December to a fire at an industrial unit in Southwold Road, E5.

“A man aged in his 30s was taken to hospital where he has since died.

“Enquiries are under way, alongside LFB colleagues, to establish the circumstances.

“Cordons remain in place at the location.

“One man has been arrested and released under investigation in connection with the incident.”

While the London Fire Brigade issued a statement that read: “Six fire engines and around 40 firefighters tackled a fire on New Year’s Eve in a single storey workshop on Southwold Road in Hackney.

“Firefighters located a man inside the building and brought him out of the property. He was taken to hospital by London Ambulance Service crews where he sadly died.

“The Brigade was called at 3.56pm and the fire was under control by 4.44pm. Fire crews from Stoke Newington, Homerton, Tottenham, Hornchurch, Islington and Holloway fire stations were at the scene.

“The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Brigade and the Metropolitan Police Service.”

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