Oritse Williams's £3m mansion goes up in flames days after he's cleared of rape

The £3million Croydon home belonging to JLS star Oritse Williams, 32, was burned to the ground on Tuesday afternoon.

Just days after the singer was cleared of raping a woman in a hotel room three years ago, his derelict south London home went up in flames in broad daylight.

Up to 70 firefighters fought the blaze for the three hours while it ravaged the first and second floors of the detached three-storey, six bedroom property.

The property has been empty since it went on the market in January and no-one was hurt in the incident, the London Fire Brigade confirms.

Representatives for Oritse Williams have been contacted by Metro.co.uk for further comment.

A statement from the London Fire Brigade on Twitter said: ‘The #Croydon derelict house blaze is under control. Thankfully no one was injured.’

Firefighters from Addington, Croydon, Biggin Hill, Purley and surrounding stations were called at around 4.30pm on Tuesday and the fire was under control by 7pm that night.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

It’s been exactly a week since a jury cleared the musician of raping a 20-year-old woman at a Wolverhampton hotel in December 2016.

Oritse, 32, pleaded not guilty while he was accused of behaving like a ‘sexual predator’ during the week-long trial.

He claimed a consensual sexual encounter had taken place with the complainant and argued that he was being ‘taken advantage of’ because of his boyband fame.

When he was cleared last Tuesday, Oritse’s bandmate Marvin Humes and his wife Rochelle were among the first stars to praise him for his conduct throughout ‘three years of hell’.

In a tribute, Marvin wrote: ‘No-one will ever know or imagine what he’s been through…

‘I’m just so proud of the way he conducted himself during what has been the most awful time..he is so strong and I know he can’t wait to start his life again now..We love you O.’

Marvin’s wife Rochelle called Oritse her ‘brother’ saying he was ‘one of the kindest, most gentle, thoughtful men’ she knew.

Fellow popstar Alexandra Burke also called Oritse a ‘gentleman’ who ‘deserved nothing but happiness.’

Oritse tried to list his six-bedroom Croydon home back in January shortly before the court case was due to take place.

He was prepared to make a £1.25million loss on the home he bought with his then-girlfriend AJ Azari for £3million, five years ago.

The house, which boasts a huge kitchen, a spacious living room and an outdoor swimming pool, fell into disrepair after the X Factor star faced charges in 2018.

The home was previously owned by comedian Ronnie Corbett.

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