Boy, aged 7, dies in suspicious house fire in Deptford – ITV News
A seven-year-old boy who died in a suspected arson attack in Deptford has been named as Joel Urhie by his father John who said: “It’s terrible, the pain we cannot forget.”
Neighbours heard screams from inside the house in south-east London. Two women managed to escape by jumping from a first floor window before firefighters arrived. Kayla McClellan, 23, who lives next door to the property, said:
I just woke up to screaming and when we opened the door a wall of fire came through the front and we immediately closed it and went out through the back.
– Kayla McClellan, neighbour
Next-door neighbour Andre Pavanello, 21, said he heard “really, really loud screaming”.
As I came out here I heard screaming and the front of the window smashed.
I think they had to smash the window to get out and they had to jump out because the fire was getting too big. I think that he (the boy) was trapped inside the room because the flames were way too big to start with.
– Andre Pavanello, neighbour
The two women were taken to hospital with non life-threatening injuries. Six fire engines and around 35 firefighters tackled the blaze on Adolphus Street after they were called early this morning. Nearby properties were evacuated as a precaution. No arrests have been made.