Around 70 firefighters were sent to the home of JLS star Oritse Williams this afternoon after a large fire broke out – just days after he was cleared of raping a fan in a hotel room.
Ten fire engines were called to the blaze at the singer’s £3million mansion in Croydon at around 4.27pm. Fire crews from Addington, Croydon, Biggin Hill were dispatched to help control the flames.
Part of the first and second floor of a detached three-storey building were badly damaged by the fire. With the London Fire Brigade reporting that the second floor was 80 per cent damaged by the inferno.
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation, but no persons were injured in the fire. The 32-year-old singer’s home had fallen into a state of disrepair after he was charged with rape last year.
Ten fire engines and around 70 firefighters were called to a fire at the singer’s £3million mansion in Croydon this afternoon
A firefighter tackles a blaze at the home of Oritse Williams in Croydon. Around 70 firefighters were sent to the scene at the height of the blaze
Part of the first and second floor of a detached three-storey building were damaged by fire. A small part of the roof was also damaged
Fire crews from Addington, Croydon, Biggin Hill, Purley and surrounding fire stations were sent to the scene. The roof was completely destroyed in the blaze
It was formerly owned by the late comedian Ronnie Corbett and pictures taken late last year show a smashed window, a broken fence and an overgrown garden with discarded furniture.
Last week, the singer was found not guilty of the rape. He had been accused of launching a sex attack on a 20-year-old tattoo artist, after plying her and two pals with alcohol on December 2, 2016.
Friend and tour manager Jamien Nagadhana, also 32, was also charged with sexual touching and assault by penetration of the same woman at the pair’s room in Wolverhampton’s Ramada Hotel.
A jury of eight women and four men took two hours and 17 minutes to find Williams and Nagadhana not guilty of all charges following a trial at Wolverhampton Crown Court.
Oritse Williams (pictured leaving Wolverhampton Crown Court last month) had let his £3million London home fall into disrepair
The singer is not believed to have been living in his Croydon property at the moment. He had previously spoken of renovating it, but this was likely put on hold following during his trial.
Ronnie Corbett lived in the home, which was said to be his pride and joy for 33 years. He passed away in March 2016. Mr Williams moved into the property back in 2013, with then girlfriend AJ Azari. The pair share a son.
Photos from the rundown property showed a slimy green swimming pool, along with a fence in disrepair surrounding the property, and an overgrown garden with some discarded furniture.
Wear and tear on the once grand property’s roof was visible in a further aerial shot. It was formerly owned by the late comedian Ronnie Corbett and pictures taken late last year show a smashed window, a broken fence and an overgrown garden with discarded furniture
The outdoor pool looked severely neglected in an aerial shot and did not appear to have been used for some time when photographs emerged of the property late last year
The property looked a little tired, but Oritsé does not appear to be living there at present. A fire today devastated the roof of the property, and caused significant damage to the interior
A slimy green pool could be seen from the aerial view in the home which Oritsé has owned for around five years – there was also an unused ping-pong table alongside it
The Beat Again hitmaker, 32, moved into the property back in 2013, with then girlfriend AJ Azari. The pair have a son – closer inspection shows a discarded chair lying strewn in the garden
Photos from the rundown property show a fence in disrepair surrounding the property, and an overgrown garden strewn with rubbish
JLS star Oritse Williams’ £3million South London home, previously owned by Ronnie Corbett, appears to have fallen into disrepair – he was charged with raping a 20-year-fan back in September, but he has denied that he is guilty