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Mum's desperate plea after boy, seven, found dead in bedroom after devastating house fire

NewsMum's desperate plea after boy, seven, found dead in bedroom after devastating house fire

A mum who lost her little boy in a deadly house fire has said she is “desperate” for justice to be done – with an investigation into the blaze still open-ended.

Police have issued an urgent witness appeal in an attempt to catch whoever was responsible for starting a deadly blaze which claimed the life of Joe Uhrie, who died aged seven.

His mum Iroroefe O Edu,has joined this appeal – urging anyone with information to come forward after the tragic incident which killed her son in Adolphus Street, SE8, London, where the Uhrie family lived on August 7, 2018.

When emergency services arrived, Joel Uhrie’s body was found in an upstairs bedroom. Ms O Edu and her sister, who were also upstairs at the property, managed to escape by jumping from first floor windows.

A post-mortem examination found Joel’s injuries to have been consistent with fire and smoke inhalation.

Detectives believe the blaze began when a burning item was pushed through the letterbox. Ms O Edu said: “We have now spent five long years without Joel and time does not make it any easier.

“Nothing will ever bring him back but we are desperate to find out who carried out this deadly crime.

“If you have any information or know anything, or anyone, who may be responsible for causing the fire, please come forward and speak to police.”

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Rogers, from Specialist Crime North, said: “This is a significant anniversary for Joel’s family and our thoughts remain with them.

“Joel’s young life was tragically cut short and his family will never see the man he would have become.

“We need answers for them and someone must know why this happened or have information that can help progress this investigation.

“Our investigation will not stop, and I would urge anyone who has information, regardless of how small or insignificant you might think it to be, to contact us.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the dedicated incident room on 020 8345 3715, 101 or Tweet @MetCC.

To remain anonymous call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit crimestoppers_uk.org where you will not be asked for your name and your IP address will not be recorded.

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