Five year old boy dies in Lewisham fire

A child has sadly died in a fire in Lewisham this morning (6 March) at Russett Way near Elverson Road DLR station as three people including a 34-year-old woman and two boys aged five and 14 were taken to south London hospitals.

The 34-year-old woman and the 14-year-old boy remain in hospital in a serious condition.

Met Police have launched an appeal stating: “A child has lost his life in extremely tragic circumstances. At this stage, I am keeping an open mind as to the cause of the fire. I urge anyone with information to come forward.”

Anyone who knows anything that could help detectives should call the incident room on 0208 345 3985 with the reference Operation Tampere or CAD1321/06MAR.

Information can also be provided to Crimestoppers, anonymously, by calling 0800 555 111.

According to London Fire Brigade, the fire occurred in the top floor of a split-level maisonette on Russett Way near Elverson Road DLR station.

The LFB state: “Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus rescued a woman and two children from the top the floor of the property. They have all been taken to hospital by London Ambulance Service crews, where sadly one of the children passed away.

Investigating are underway by the Fire Brigade and the Metropolitan Police Service.”

Despite reports by the Fire Brigade and Police – reproduced by some media outlets – the incident is in Lewisham and not Greenwich. The block is on the Orchard estate.

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