Tributes pour in for 14-year-old 'angel' killed in London flat fire

Tributes have been paid to a 14-year-old girl who died in an east London flat fire.

Teenagers were seen hugging and crying as they placed flowers on the pavement outside the block in Beckton, Newham, on Friday.

The girl, named only as Tiffany, died at the scene, while five others injured in the blaze have since been released from hospital. A 16-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

A card next to a bouquet said ‘Tiffany we love you’ while the message inside added: ‘So sorry for your loss. We are praying and thinking of you at this difficult time. We are always here for you no matter what.’

One 14-year-old girl, who arrived at the scene with her mother to lay flowers, said she was in the same year nine class as the victim.

A man who said he was a family friend described the teenager as ‘an angel’.

The 30-year-old man who gave his name only as Godfrey said: ‘I’ve even got videos of her from when she young.

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‘She spent some time with my little nephews. Those memories with her I will never forget.’

Witnesses said they watched people jump from windows onto a mattress to escape the fire.

Neighbour Inga Tilvikiene said: ‘First a small boy, four or five years old, jumped… Two guys found an old mattress. About six or seven people [jumped on it].

‘One girl just jumped onto the floor, you could see yesterday she was bruised.’

Rahina Begum, who lives opposite the flats, described how the fire ‘went up very quickly, within a few seconds’.

She said: ‘In 10 to 15 seconds the whole building was on fire, from the bottom to the top.’

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Kenesha Lawrence, 43, who lived in the block of flats with her 14-year-old son, is having to stay in a hostel after her home was destroyed.

She said: ‘I am in the same clothes as I left for work yesterday morning.

‘My whole life was in there. I have been living there for nine years I have no idea what is going on in there.’

Chief Superintendent Simon Crick said: ‘My thoughts at this time are with the victim and their 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.’

London Fire Brigade’s borough commander for Newham, Richard Arnold, said: ‘We would like to offer our condolences to the family and friends of the teenage girl who died at the scene of the fire yesterday evening.

‘This was a very tragic incident and our crews who attended the scene are receiving support from our counselling and trauma service.’

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