Mum says she warned authorities days before fatal arson attack | ITV News

The mother of a seven-year-old boy killed at home in an arson attack has told ITV News she warned the authorities her family were at risk four days before the fire.

ITV News has learned the authorities knew the Urhie family were at risk and failed to follow their own risk assessment guidelines to protect them.

Efe Urhie, 49, said police were made aware there was a danger to her eldest son’s safety before her youngest son Joel lost his life.

Joel’s elder brother had been in prison for drug offences and in the run up to the fatal fire had been shot at.

ITV News understands the shooting incident was discussed by police at a special multi-agency meeting within Lewisham less than a fortnight before the fatal fire attack in the early hours of 7 August.

Efe, a senior staff nurse, escaped the 3.25am inferno by breaking a window at the family home in Deptford, south-east London and jumping 15ft from the first floor with plans to catch Joel. But he failed to follow her.

The body of the special needs pupil was found at the windowsill at the edge of Efe’s bed.

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