Pensioner who died in Lisson Grove fire is Gonzalo Gomez

Police investigating death that has left neighbours 'very sad'

Friday, 29th September 2017 — By Joe Cooper


London Fire Brigade 

NEIGHBOURS have paid tribute to a pensioner killed in an unexplained flat fire in Lisson Grove.

The Extra has established that the victim is Gonzalo Gomez, a 78- year-old man who had lived in Ingrebourne House, Broadley Street, for more than 20 years.

A 56-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder shortly after the fire, which occurred out on Sunday August 20, and he has since been released on bail, to return on a date in mid- November.

Westminster Coroner’s Court said an inquest would not take place until the new year,  at the earliest, to allow time for police to investigate further.

Neighbour Zelijka Gacinovic was away at the time of the fire, but was shocked to hear of Mr Gomez’s death on her return.

“I am very sad about what happened to him. He was a really nice man,” she said.

Another neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said he was woken by people shouting at him to get out of his flat on the day of the fire, just before 6am.

“[Mr Gomez] was a good man,” he added. “I would often chat to him in the corridor.

“He was my friend.”

Anyone with information is urged to call police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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