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More time to quiz duo on fire death

Detectives have been granted more time to question two people arrested after a toddler was killed when a blaze tore through a flat.

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

A 27-year-old man and a 28-year-old woman were arrested at an address in south London on Saturday night and remain in custody, 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 while the other surviving relatives were 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 which started in the early hours of the morning.

A post-mortem examination into the toddler's death is to take place.


From Belfast Telegraph