Two men arrested over house fire death of Nigerian boy Joel Urhie in London
Two men have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a house fire left seven-year-old Nigerian boy, Joel Urhie, dead in southeast London.
Joel Urhie was found dead by firefighters tackling the blaze in Deptford in the early hours of 7 August. The youngster died trapped in his bedroom.
Joel’s sister Sarah and mum Sophie were rushed to hospital after they both jumped from the building, police confirmed. They both suffered non life-threatening injuries.
The Metropolitan Police say two men, 21 and 29 year old, have been arrested on suspicion of murder, attempted murder and arson with intent to endanger life.
They were arrested this morning in south London and were taken to a south London police station, where they currently remain.
The boy’s father, John, said the tragedy was “terrible”.
“He played with everyone around here. He was a very nice looking boy.”
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.
Joel’s older sister paid a heartbreaking tribute to her “amazing” little brother on Thursday and said “nothing makes sense” after the tragic death.
The 19-year-old, who escaped the blaze by leaping from a first-floor window, said she would love her sibling “forever”, telling him: “Rest in perfect peace.”
And she shared affectionate video clips of them both together, showing Joel planting a kiss on her cheek.
Heartbreaking tributes were laid across the street from the burnt out home where forensic officers continued a finger tip search earlier this week.