Seven-year-old dies after suspected arson at house in London – The Guardian

The Metropolitan police have launched an arson investigation after a seven-year-old boy died in a house fire in south-east London.

Six fire engines and about 35 firefighters were called to the fire on Adolphus Street, Deptford, in the early hours of Tuesday.

The boy was found dead inside the property by firefighters. His next-of-kin have been informed.

Two women were taken to a central London hospital by ambulance with non-life-threatening injuries after jumping from a first-floor window.

“Police are working with fire investigators and have deemed the fire as suspicious,” said a Met police spokesperson. “At this early stage there have been no arrests. Enquiries continue.”

Emergency services were called at 3.25am and the blaze was brought under control just before 5am.

A number of surrounding properties were evacuated as a precaution.

“Firefighters arrived to find a very severe fire inside the house,” London fire brigade said. “The ground floor was badly damaged by the blaze, as well as the whole of the first floor and the stairs from the ground to the first floor.

“Two women jumped from first-floor level shortly before the first firefighters arrived at scene. They were both treated at the scene by firefighters and London ambulance service crews.

“Sadly, a seven-year-old boy was found deceased by firefighters inside the property.”