Second man dies after Hackney hostel fire

A second person has died after falling around 25 feet from a window to escape a fire in a Hackney building.

The fire took place at a squat in a former hostel for recovering alcoholics opened 30 years ago by Princess Diana in Lower Clapton Road at around 4am on Saturday, August 4.

Two men left the building before London Fire Brigade arrived. One, Lukas Gorkowski, 31, a Polish national of no fixed address, was taken to Royal London Hospital with burns and injuries sustained as he escaped via a window.

Mr Gorkowski, who fell approximately 25 feet, died in the early hours of yesterday.

It is the second death linked to the fire. Krzysztof Waleczek, 32, also a Polish national of no fixed address, was found dead within the building. A post-mortem examination on August 8 at Poplar mortuary gave cause of death as smoke inhalation.

An inquest was opened and adjourned on August 9 at Poplar Coroner’s Court.

A number of others were also in the building at the time of the fire. Two people, a man and a woman, were rescued from the roof of a porch. They were both treated at Homerton Hospital for smoke inhalation and later discharged. The other man who left the building before firefighters arrived was uninjured.

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The Met Police are treating the fire as suspicious and detectives from Hackney are appealing for any witnesses or anyone with information on the fire to come forward. Call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.