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.

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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.

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They were arrested this morning in south London and were taken to a south London police station, where they currently remain.

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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.”

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.

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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.”

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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.

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