The Metropolitan Police have revealed the cause of death and name of a victim who tragically died in a fire. Tiffany Regis, 15, was victim of a blaze in a Newham flat on Thursday, April 6. The police said Tiffany died at the scene of the inferno at a block of flats in Beckton.
Officers were called at around 5.28pm on Thursday to a fire in Tollgate Road – with detectives now treating the fire as arson.
The police said that while identification was not conclusive, that they believe Tiffany died in the fire, and that a post-mortem found the cause of death was smoke inhalation.
On Thursday evening, a 16-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of murder following the fire. He was later bailed pending further inquiries.
Leader of the North East Command Unit, Chief Superintendent Simon Crick, said his thoughts were with Tiffany and her family and friends.
Mr Crick added: “My thoughts at this time are with Tiffany and her family and friends. Incidents such as these send shockwaves through our communities and I don’t underestimate the impact this will have in the local area and beyond.
“Your officers will be on patrol in the immediate vicinity over the Easter Weekend, please talk to them if you have any concerns.”
Mayor of Newham, Rokhsana Fiaz, added: “Tiffany’s parents are going through unimaginable pain at the loss of their much loved 15-year-old daughter who brought so much joy. I am deeply upset by this tragic loss of a young life, as is everyone in Newham.
“My thoughts and prayers are with Tiffany’s parents, family and friends at this very difficult and heartbreaking time. I am urging anyone with any information to contact the police incident room.
“Our priority is to support Tiffany’s parents grieving the loss of their child; and all those young people who have lost a dear friend”
Meanwhile, the Met’s Specialist Crime Command Detective Chief Inspector Joanna Yorke, said: “My team continues to piece together the circumstances surrounding the fire last Thursday.
“I know that there were a number of young people and residents inside the address before the fire happened and our enquiries are ongoing to identify everyone who was there, not least of all to ensure that everyone is okay.
“We are at the very early stages of our investigation and are still keen to hear from anyone who was present or has any information but has not yet spoken with police. Please get in touch.”
Anyone with any information about the fire is encouraged to call the Incident room on 020 8345 3865, via 101 or Tweet @MetCC quoting reference CAD 5315/06Apr.
For a 100 percent anonymous call, people can ring the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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