Two arrested over house fire death of boy, 7

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a house fire left a seven-year-old boy dead in southeast London.

Joel Urhie was found dead by firefighters tackling the blaze in Deptford in the early hours of 7 August.

Two women, his mother and his sister, fled the house.

Image: Joel's mother and sister were able to escape but he was found dead inside

Two men, aged 21 and 29, have been held on suspicion of murder, attempted murder and arson with the intent to endanger life.

They are in custody at a south London police station.

The boy's father, John, said the tragedy was "terrible".

He added: "He played with everyone around here. He was a very nice looking boy."

A seven-year-old boy has died in a house fire in southeast London which police are treating as suspicious.
Image: Police are investigating the case as murder

He said his son's death was a "pain we cannot forget".

A post-mortem found the cause of Joel's death was "consistent with fire and smoke inhalation", police said.

Mourners including Joel's uncle left floral tributes, cards, soft toys and balloons at the scene, while the doors and windows of the house were secured with metal shutters.

Six fire engines and approximately 35 firefighters were called to the house in Adolphus Street shortly before 3.30am.

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The fire service said crews arrived to find a "very severe fire" inside, and the ground floor and first floor were "badly damaged".

:: Anyone with information on this fatal fire is requested to call police on 101 quoting CAD 933/07Aug or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or tweet @MetCC.

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