EastEnders Shane Richie on ‘life-changing’ fire: “It’s heartbreaking”

Tonight's explosive episode of EastEnders Alfie's money-making scheme go horribly wrong.

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by Jack White |
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In a bid to claim the insurance on his and Kat's home, Alfie set fire to it – unaware his wife was sleeping inside.

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When he eventually realised it was too late, and the house blew up. Alfie, Peter and Johnny rushed inside, afraid the children were in there, but thankfully they weren't.

Alfie rushed to save his wife and just managed to get her out in time. But, while she's alive, the fire will change her life forever.

Realising Kat was still inside, Alfie rushed in to save her
Realising Kat was still inside, Alfie rushed in to save her

Speaking on This Morning today, Shane Richie, who plays Alfie admitted the aftermath of the fire is devastating.

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He said: "For Kat, it is life-changing. For Jessie [Wallace] as an actress, being able to play the storyline we have got coming up after this event is brilliant.

"It will be such a departure from how we know Kat now – the tart with the heart and the heavy make-up. She will become the complete opposite to that. It is heartbreaking."

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Sadly for viewers, Shane is unsure if the couple will stay together, or if Alfie can cope with the guilt of being responsible to Kat's injuries.

Shane continued: "Sadly, we don't know. It leads up to Christmas and of course the 30th anniversary in February.

"A lot of stories that are now beginning to bubble away at the moment will be resolved then."

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