Death of man in Streatham house fire triggers murder investigation

A murder investigation is under way following the death of a man in a house fire in Streatham.

Police were called to the multi-occupancy house in Glenister Park Road by the London Fire Brigade at just after 7pm on Sunday.

A 49-year-old man was found dead inside the property. His next of kin have been informed and are being supported by family liaison officers.

The fire is thought to have been started deliberately and is being treated as suspicious. Further enquiries are taking place.

On Monday, two people were arrested. A 34-year-old woman was detained on suspicion of murder and arson with intent to endanger life. A 47-year-old man was also arrested on suspicion of murder. Both remain in police custody.

Detective Chief Inspector Kate Blackburn, who is leading the investigation, said: “We are in the early stages of our investigation, and we are working quickly to piece together the events in Glenister Park Road that sadly resulted in a man losing his life.

“Detectives spent the day gathering footage from nearby doorbell cameras and other CCTV. The scene of the fire has undergone extensive forensic examination to help us understand how the fire started.

“I would ask anyone in the area who saw any activity on Sunday evening around 6.45pm in Glenister Park Road, between Drakewood Road and Streatham Vale, or has information about the incident, to come forward immediately.

“We understand that such a tragic incident will cause concern among the wider community, however we believe that this is an isolated incident and we have arranged for additional patrols in the area over the coming days to help provide reassurance.”

A post-mortem examination will take place in the coming days to establish the man’s cause of death.

Anyone who can help the investigation is asked to call 101 quoting CAD 5631/25Feb.

Information can also be provided anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111.

Picture: London Fire Brigade

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