Man dies in north London flat fire

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Man dies in north London flat fire
16th May 2014

A man has died after a fire tore through a top-floor flat in north London last night. 

More than 20 people were evacuated from the modern, three-storey block in Potters Road, New Barnet as the flames took hold. 

A witness described the moment the flat was engulfed in flames as 'like a scene from Eastenders'.

Windows shattered in the intense heat, which left the interior a charred shell. 

The victim, believed to be in his 50s, was found dead in the living room. 

The fire is believed to have been started accidentally.

UPDATE 6.58am: Police say the fire is a suspected suicide. 

Scarlett Pestell wrote on Twitter: “It’s like Eastenders down on Potters Road, 999 and all that everywhere.”

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “Police were called by London Fire Brigade at 7.30pm regarding a fire at a flat in Potters Road, New Barnet.

“LFB extinguished the fire and discovered the body of what is believed to be a man inside the flat. 

“Officers are yet to identify the man and next of kin have not been informed. 

“Fire investigators are currently treating the fire as non-suspicious.”

Dan Freedman reports from the scene. 

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