Man trapped inside London cannabis factory dies after fire

The Guardian reports this terrible story..

Met seeks information after Albanian national was caught in fire at a lock-up garage on New Year’s Eve

A man died after a fire in a cannabis factory on New Year’s Eve in east London.

Police said a manslaughter investigation is under way and are appealing for information after the fatal incident at a lock-up garage on Southwold Road in Clapton.

Ermal Quose, 35, who was an Albanian national and had no known address in the UK, was taken to hospital and died on Sunday. His family has been informed.

The Met were called to the scene by London fire brigade at about 4.10pm on 31 December.

Police said a 33-year-old man was arrested that day on suspicion of false imprisonment and cannabis cultivation and has been released under investigation.

A second man, aged 26, was arrested on Friday [7 January] on suspicion of manslaughter, false imprisonment and cannabis cultivation. He remains in custody.

Detectives are appealing for information from the public as they investigate the circumstances of Quose’s death.


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