Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

A Bang, Then the Killer Blaze Rips through Pub Landlord's Two Boys Die, a Third Son and Blaze Hero Are among Three Critically Hurt

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

A Bang, Then the Killer Blaze Rips through Pub Landlord's Two Boys Die, a Third Son and Blaze Hero Are among Three Critically Hurt

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Byline: ED HARRIS;DANIELLE GUSMAROLI

POLICE are investigating a double murder after two young brothers died in an arson attack on a pub.

Three other people, including a brother of the dead boys and their uncle who tried to save them, are critically ill today.

Detectives said traces of accelerant had been found near a door on the ground floor of the Prince of Wales pub in Nevill Road, Stoke Newington.

The blaze is believed to have started there and then spread rapidly upstairs trapping the family.

Five-year-old Charlie Knight and his 10-year-old brother Christopher, died. They were sons of the landlord.

Their brother, Joe, aged three, is critically ill. His parents Kevin, 45, and Kate Knight are at his hospital bedside.

Two 11-year-old girls, one a cousin of the boys, were also injured. The cousin is also in a critical condition.

Ronnie Springer suffered severe burns trying to rescue the children. He threw three of them out of an upstairs window from the blazing building. Mr Springer is being treated for serious burns he suffered before he jumped out of a first-floor window himself. He was taken to the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.

Officers believe he was among a large family gathering in the pub at the time the fire broke out.

Neighbours heard a bang immediately before the blaze broke out at 5am yesterday.

About 30 firefighters got people out of the building using ladders.

Charlie died today in a burns unit at Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford.

Christopher died at Homerton Hospital, Hackney, yesterday. The two boys, their cousin and the other girl - believed to be a family friend - were sleeping upstairs when the fire broke out.

The 11-year-old cousin was today in the burns unit in Chelmsford. The other girl, who is believed to be a daughter of the landlady by a previous relationship, was discharged from hospital after being treated for smoke inhalation. …

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