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Murder hunt after teenage girl and gran die in arson

PUBLISHED: 09:27 23 February 2009 | UPDATED: 14:05 05 October 2010

MURDER detectives are investigating an arson in which a teenage girl and a woman died in East London early yesterday in the night. The girl aged 16 were overcome by smoke in their sleep when the fire was started at their home on the fifth floor of Malmesbury House block of flats in Cyprus Street, Bethnal Green, at 5.45am yesterday

By Mike Brooke

MURDER detectives are investigating an arson in which a teenage girl and a woman died in East London early yesterday in the night.

The girl, 16-year-old Shannen Vickers, and the woman, Pauline Adams, were overcome by smoke in their sleep when the fire was started at their home on the fifth floor of Malmesbury House block of flats in Cyprus Street, Bethnal Green, at 5.45am yesterday.

Police have put up murder posters appealling for witnesses to the double tragedy.

The entire flat was filled with smoke when rescue crews got their from Bethnal Breen, Bow and Homerton fire stations.

They found the bodies of the two women who died from smoke inhalation.

The fire is thought to have been started just a few feet form the front door of the flat.

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