Case: Boy killed in house fire: Joel Urhie
Joel Urhie
Case unsolved
Status: Unsolved
Categories: Child Killings (3 to 12...
Case synopsis:

Seven-year-old Joel Urhie died in a fire at his home in Deptford on 7 August 2018.

His body was found inside the house in Adolphus Street after emergency services were called at around 3.25am.

Joel's mother and sister, who had managed to escape by jumping from the first floor window, were taken to hospital for treatment.

Detectives launched a murder investigation later the same day after the fire was deemed suspicious.

A post-mortem found Joel's death was consistent with fire and smoke inhalation.

On 11 August two men aged 21 and 29 were arrested on suspicion of murder, attempted murder and arson with intent to endanger life.

During police appeals, Detective Chief Inspector Mark Wrigley, who is leading the investigation, said: “This horrific incident has left a family shattered and the tragic loss of such a young life in suspicious circumstances resonates throughout the community in Deptford.

“Officers are working hard to establish the circumstances of the fire and continue to follow a number of lines of enquiry. At this early stage we retain an open mind concerning motive.

“I am aware that there is much speculation around possible motives relating to this incident. At this early stage in the investigation speculation is not helpful. However, I urge anyone witnessed something suspicious or has information on who may have started the fire to contact the incident room without delay.

“I would directly appeal to anyone who was in the area and saw anything suspicious at around 3:30am, or who has any information about who was responsible for starting the fire that claimed to the life of an innocent child, to contact police immediately.”

Anyone with information should contact the incident room on 0208 345 3715 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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