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'Suspicious' fire at former Orpington scout hut sparks search for teenage girls

PUBLISHED: 15:10 25 August 2017 | UPDATED: 15:10 25 August 2017

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The fire started on Thursday night

Police and fire crews are investigating a “suspicious” fire which burnt down a former scout hall on Thursday night.

Three fire engines were called to the abandoned hall in Brow Crescent, Orpington just after 9pm.

More than a dozen firefighters battled flames for more than two hours, eventually putting the fire out by 11.20pm, by which time the building had already been left “gutted” by the blaze.

Bromley police officers were also called by London Fire Brigade, and are urging a group of teenagers spotted nearby to come forward.

A spokesperson from Met Police said: “There were no reports of any injuries but we are treating the fire as suspicious.

“Officers are keen to speak to a group of seven teenage girls who were spotted in the area near the time of the incident.

“Anyone who witnessed the fire are encouraged to call investigating officer DC James Quigley at Bromley CID on 0208 2848859.

“Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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