City of London employee charged with arson after a fire at a golf course clubhouse meant to be used for homeless https://t.co/MA4nkvxsD2 https://t.co/HVBm9isQVH — BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) August 1, 2018
A city employee has been charged with arson after a fire at a golf course clubhouse intended to be used for homeless people caught fire and spread across the grounds, British media reports.
A total of six people were injured and the building was destroyed in the fire, which first broke out at around 4:45 a.m. local time on July 17 and forced roughly 100 people to evacuate, the BBC reported. A building official and charity worker at the scene said the fire was started deliberately.
The building, originally built in 1935, will eventually be demolished, the BBC reports.
City of London official Mark Jones said in a statement the charge reflected the “unacceptable behavior of this person” who “was employed as an agent by the City of London Corporation to facilitate housing for rough sleepers.”
Jones added that the charges could have “far-reaching consequences.”
Jones said a full review of hotel management was underway in London, and “a thorough review of the management of the relevant property will also take place,” Bloomberg reported.
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