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Two arrested over child fire death

Two people are being questioned by police after a toddler was killed when a blaze tore through a flat.

A murder inquiry was launched after 19-month-old Siariah Letang died in hospital following the fire in Camberwell, south east London, early on Saturday morning.

A 27-year-old man and a 28-year-old woman were arrested and are being questioned, Scotland Yard said.

Fire crews used thermal imaging cameras and breathing apparatus as they attempted to rescue the child and four family members trapped in the building.

The group - reported to be grandmother Brenda Ricketts, 45, her daughters Shakira Jackson, 11, and Ellisha Letang, the child's 23-year-old mother, and her four-year-old son Cameron - were found with the toddler. They were all unconscious and suffering from smoke inhalation.

Shakira was said to be in a critical condition on Sunday while the other surviving relatives were described as being in a "serious but stable" condition.

The two-bedroom, first-floor flat, in Arnould Avenue, a residential area of Camberwell, was destroyed by the fire.

Acting Detective Chief Inspector Rick Murphy said: "This fire has wrecked the lives of those involved and I am appealing to anyone who may have witnessed this incident to contact us and help piece together what happened."

A total of eight ambulances and four fire engines tackled the blaze, which is being treated as suspicious following initial investigations by London Fire Brigade and officers.

A post-mortem examination into the toddler's death will take place on Monday.

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