A campaign to raise funds for the family of the Studio 338 fire victim has broken its target in a few hours.

Nightclub employee Tomas Ceidukas was caught up in the blaze which started at the Greenwich Peninsula venue on Monday, August 8 and rapidly turned into a raging inferno.

A friend battled to save him from the flames but by the time Tomas was rescued by firefighters had been badly burned and he died in hospital the following day.

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Family, friends and work colleagues have been left devastated by the death of the Lithuanian and Studio 338 employees set up a Justgiving page to help raise money to help send his body home to his family and pay for a memorial service.

The £5,000 target was reached within hours and the total now exceeds £9,000 with more than 500 people having donated.

A statement from Studio 338 said: “Thank you all so much! We broke our target for Tomas in a few hours which is just incredible. All money will go to Tomas’s family to support them in the coming months so if you still want to contribute, this will be very welcome.

“As you will all know by now, we lost our beloved Tomas to the fire on Monday. He was the bravest, happiest soul one could hope to meet. He was always ready to help anyone in need and now we hope we can do this last thing for him by giving him a wonderful send off and supporting his family in this awful time

“All donations will go towards bringing Tomas home to Lithuania, giving him a lovely memorial service and then donating the remaining money to his small family who relied on what he sent home from his job here at Studio 338

“We have been overwhelmed by the messages of support for Tomas, both whilst he was fighting for his life in hospital and after he sadly passed away. This is great way for you to do something really special for Tomas and his love ones if you can spare anything at all.

“All our love Studio 338.”

Read more tributes here .

The police are working with the Health and Safety Executive on a joint investigation into what caused the fire in Boord Street.

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They arrested 14 men on suspicion of arson on the day of the fire but they were released without charge and de-arrested.

Anyone with information is asked to call the police non-emergency line on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.