Child fire death treated as murder
The death of a toddler who died in a flat fire is being treated as murder, police have confirmed.
The 19-month-old girl died in hospital following the blaze in a first-floor flat in Camberwell, south east London, early on Saturday morning.
Acting Detective Chief Inspector Rick Murphy, from the Met Police, said: "This fire has wrecked the lives of those involved and I am looking to the community to help us piece together what happened."
Fire crews used thermal imaging cameras and breathing apparatus as they attempted to rescue the five people trapped in the building.
All five, including a woman in her 40s, a woman in her 20s, a teenage girl, a four-year-old boy and the toddler, were taken to hospital.
Police said the two women and the boy are in a serious condition. The teenage girl is in a "critical" condition.
The two-bedroom flat, in Arnould Avenue, a residential area of Camberwell, was completely destroyed by the fire.
A police spokesman said: "Police were called at 4.38am to a fire at a residential premises on Arnould Avenue, SE5. Officers from London Fire Brigade and London Ambulance Service attended. The fire is being treated as unexplained at this moment. Officers are working alongside London Fire Brigade to establish the cause of the fire."
A London Fire Brigade spokeswoman said "100% of the two-bedroom flat on the first floor was damaged by fire. Five people were rescued by a crew using breathing apparatus who entered the building via the internal staircase. They were unconscious and suffering from smoke inhalation."
A post-mortem examination into the toddler's death will be arranged shortly, police said.