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Man charged with murder of toddler in London flat fire

Aftermath of fire
Image caption Two women and three children were unconscious when they were rescued from the flat

A 27-year-old man has been charged with the murder of a 19-month-old girl who died in a fire at a south London flat.

Siariah Letan was one of five family members rescued on Saturday from the first-floor flat in Arnould Avenue, Camberwell, but she later died.

Richard Curtis Kwayke, of Andover Road, Twickenham, will appear at Tower Bridge Magistrates' Court on Thursday.

Mr Kwayke has also been charged with the attempted murder of the four other family members.

The 27-year-old has also been charged with arson and arson with intent to endanger life.

Police bail

Josephine Nicolas, 46, of Wilmcote House, Paddington, was charged with perverting the course of justice and will appear at the same court on Thursday.

Another woman, 28, who was arrested in south London on Saturday night, has been bailed to return to a south London police station at a future date, pending further inquiries.

A 19-year-old man arrested in the Paddington area on Tuesday night remains in custody at a south London police station.

A post-mortem examination on Siariah Letan gave the cause of death as carbon monoxide poisoning from breathing in smoke.

Others rescued by firefighters were Violet Brenda Ricketts, 45; Shakira Jackson, 11; Ellisha Letang, 23; and four-year-old Cameron Letang.