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London House on Fire; Potential Antisemitic Cause Looked Into

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In a disturbing turn of events, a house fire in east London has left four individuals injured, prompting an investigation into a possible antisemitic hate crime, according to the Metropolitan Police.

The incident occurred on Newick Road in Hackney, where a fire broke out around midday, gutting the house and causing injuries to four people. A man in his 60s has been arrested on suspicion of starting the fire, with authorities noting that he made alarming comments, some of which were allegedly antisemitic, during his arrest.

The suspect, who sustained minor injuries, is currently hospitalized. London Fire Brigade deployed eight fire engines and approximately 60 firefighters to tackle the blaze, which ravaged the ground and first floors of the three-story house.

Although preliminary evaluations point to a potential motivation involving a “localized housing-related issue,” investigators are looking more closely at the suspect’s antisemitic remarks. James Conway, the chief superintendent of detectives, stressed the gravity of antisemitism and promised increased police presence, especially as Jewish communities get ready for the Purim festival.

In order to address concerns and offer support, the Metropolitan Police has promised to enhance patrols and engage with Jewish community organizations. In the wake of this alarming incident, the Community Security Trust has expressed gratitude for the prompt police reaction and promised to work with the local Jewish community to reassure them.

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