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All I had is gone’

PUBLISHED: 11:31 09 April 2009 | UPDATED: 16:30 25 August 2010

WRECKED: Paul Soile surveys the charred remains of his home.

WRECKED: Paul Soile surveys the charred remains of his home.

A FATHER whose house was destroyed in a suspected arson attack whilst his two children were inside says he has lost everything.

A FATHER whose house was destroyed in a suspected arson attack whilst his two children were inside says he has lost everything.

Paul Soile, 41, said he thought it was an April Fool's joke when a neighbour rang him to tell him his home in Hartslock Drive, Thamesmead, was on fire last Wednesday at approximately 6.15pm. However when he rang to speak top his 13-year-old daughter she was trembling and weeping and he knew it was no joke.

His partner, two children and visiting cousins all managed to escape the blaze unharmed but his home and all its contents went up in smoke. The whole of the ground floor was engulfed in flames, with 80 per cent of the first floor and 50 per cent of the second.

Mr Soile, a health and safety manager at facilities management company Interserve, said: "I thought it was a joke. I called everybody and found out that the house phone wasn't working and called everybody and called my daughter and I realised what had happened. It is terrible. It is horrible. It is unbelievable.

"I have lost everything. All my life, my entire professional library, lots of valuable documents. It is like a film. It is like watching a film."

Mr Soile said he does not know if the fire was arson and does not know of anyone who holds grudge against him or his family.

Four fire engines and 20 firefighters attended the blaze which they got under control by 19.01pm. The last firefighters left the scene at approximately 9pm after dampening down the house.

No arrests have been made. Contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you have any information.

marina.soteriou@archant.co.uk


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