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05/06/2019 12:50 BST

JLS Singer Oritse Williams’ Home Burns Down In Suspected Arson Attack

The incident comes just days after he was acquitted of rape

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Former JLS singer Oritse Williams was cleared of rape ahead of the blaze 

Police are investigating a ‘suspicious’ fire that broke out at Oritse Williams’ mansion a week after he was cleared of raping a fan.

The £3 million property, owned by the ‘The Club is Alive’ singer, was badly damaged during the two-and-a-half hour blaze, which police are treating as suspected arson.

Ten fire engines and 70 firefighters amassed at the fire at the “derelict property” in Croydon, south London, on Tuesday.

Williams appears to have moved out of the property, which was in a state of disrepair before the fire, but it was once home to late TV comedian Ronnie Corbett.

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Crews were called to the property in Croydon on Tuesday 
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Williams is not thought to have lived in the property which was in a state of disrepair 

Part of the first and second floor of the detached three-storey home was burnt and a small part of the roof was also damaged.

The London Fire Brigade confirmed that they were called at 4.30pm – but the fire was under control by shortly before 7pm.

Crews from eight local stations fought the blaze.

Former JLS star Williams, 32, was cleared on May 28 by a jury of attacking a fan in a hotel room after a solo gig back in December 2016.

Photos of the home revealed broken windows and a green pool in November.

A spokeswoman for Scotland Yard has confirmed that that “arson form a line of enquiry” in their investigation.

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The house used to belong to late TV comedian Ronnie Corbett 

She said: “Police were called at 4.39pm on Tuesday, June 4 following reports of a fire at a residential address in Spout Hill, Croydon.

“Officers attended with LFB. There were no reported injuries. There have been no arrests.

“The fire is being treated as suspicious and therefore it will form part of enquiries as to whether it is a case of arson. Enquiries underway as to cause of fire.”