Seven-year-old boy dies in suspicious London house fire

Metropolitan Police are still investigating the cause of the blaze

Six fire engines and around 35 firefighters were needed to tackle the blaze. Photograph: iStock

Six fire engines and around 35 firefighters were needed to tackle the blaze. Photograph: iStock

 

A seven-year-old boy has been found dead in a house fire in Deptford, south-east London, which is being treated as suspicious.

London Fire Brigade said six fire engines and around 35 firefighters were called to the fire on Adolphus Street in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

The service said: “Firefighters arrived to find a very severe fire inside the house. 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.

“The Brigade was called at 3.25am and the fire was brought under control by 4.48am. Fire crews from Dockhead, Greenwich, New Cross and Lewisham fire stations attended the incident.

“The Metropolitan Police are treating the fire as suspicious. The cause of the fire is under investigation.” – PA