YOU’VE KILLED HIM’ Grieving mum of Deptford house fire death kid confronted devastated elder son in hospital saying he was to blame for ‘gang arson attack’, family member claims

The death of seven-year-old Joel Urhie is now being treated as murder after a blaze consumed his family’s home early

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Arson victim Joel Urhie wanted to be a firefighter

Joel’s brother Sam Urhie, pictured, is said to have been the intended target for the deadly ‘arson’ attack

Police are now treating the little boy’s death as murder – with it feared the arson attack was meant for his older brother Sam, 21.

A picture of Sam was given to The Sun Online today by pals after being shared on Snapchat with the words “pain” and “you won’t even know the half”.

Witnesses told how the grief-stricken brother was heard screaming: “It should have been me. Why not me to die?” as he travelled to the hospital after the blaze.

And today it emerged that grieving mum Efe, also known as Sophie, confronted her son in emotional scenes in hospital barely 24 hours after the fire had claimed his little brother’s life.

A cousin of Joel’s dad John, who did not want to give her name, told The Sun Online: “The mum blamed him. She told him straight away in the hospital ‘you have killed Joel’.”

They further claimed Sam had fallen in with a “bad crowd” before the fire – a potential motive behind the blaze.

They added: “His parents have been trying to get him back on the straight and narrow.

“She’s tried as much as a mum could try. She’s a great mum.

“He fell into the wrong crowd. (His dad) John was getting stressed out by it.”

A friend told how Sam was grief-stricken as he visited mum Sophie, 49, and sister Sarah, 18, in a hospital where they were recovering from non-life threatening injuries.

The family member also claimed parents John and Efe had been driven apart by Sam’s behaviour, adding: “Sam drove them apart, he wasn’t listening, he was getting involved in fights, they didn’t know where he was coming from or where he was going to.”

Joel died trapped in his bedroom after a fire was deliberately started at his home.

His mum and sister escaped by leaping from a first-floor window.

THE grieving mum of a seven-year-old boy killed in a house fire confronted her devastated eldest son in hospital telling him “you have killed Joel”, a family member claimed today.

Schoolboy Joel Urhie, who dreamed of being a firefighter, was killed when his family’s Deptford home was consumed in a blaze in the early hours of yesterday morning.

THE grieving mum of a seven-year-old boy killed in a house fire confronted her devastated eldest son in hospital telling him “you have killed Joel”, a family member claimed today.

Schoolboy Joel Urhie, who dreamed of being a firefighter, was killed when his family’s Deptford home was consumed in a blaze in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Police have today seized potentially crucial CCTV footage as they investigate whether the attack is linked to a gang dispute.

CID officers removed the box connected to the camera system from a flat on the other side of the road from Joel’s family home.

Family friend Grace Gbenedio, 56, said she visited Joel’s family in hospital on Tuesday, saying they were “doing well”.

She added she had spoken to Joel’s brother Sam to ask how he was feeling and he said he is “fine as much as possible”.

Asked about speculation that he could have been the target, she said: “It can’t be possible.”

Alex Hope, 29, who knew Joel’s brother Sam when they were growing up, said: “It’s just devastating. I would love to know what the actual reason is.

“No one deserves that and it’s just a shame the little one passed away in such tragic circumstances.”

A neighbour, who lives five doors down, told The Sun Online today the family was reeling from the tragedy.

They said: “The mum is an amazing woman. Sam came round at about 7am in the morning and the police spoke to him.

“He wanted to get into the house and see his brother but wasn’t allowed. So he went to the hospital with his mum and sister. Everyone is still in shock.”

A murder inquiry began after investigators established the fire was started with an accelerant.

Joel’s dad John, who is estranged from Sophie, raced to the house after getting a phone call telling him of the fire.

He said: “The first person I saw was my daughter in an ambulance. Then they said, ‘Joel is dead’. He was just a little boy. Seven years old.

“It’s devastating. He was a very lovely boy, it’s a terrible loss.

“I don’t know why anyone would want to attack my family.”

The family yesterday issued a heartbreaking photo of Joel wearing a child’s play firefighter outfit at a birthday party.

They said he had dreamed of becoming a firefighter one day.

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