Homeless pair charged with murder over Streatham house blaze that left man, 49, ... trends now

Homeless pair charged with murder over Streatham house blaze that left man, 49, ... trends now
Homeless pair charged with murder over Streatham house blaze that left man, 49, ... trends now

Homeless pair charged with murder over Streatham house blaze that left man, 49, ... trends now

A homeless pair have been charged with murder following a house fire in south London that left a man dead.

Mayara Loiola Ataide, 34 and Gevaldo Tavares Dos Santos, 46 both of no fixed address, were charged this morning.

They were also charged with two counts of arson with intent to endanger life. Both will appear in custody at Bromley Magistrates' Court later today.

The blaze broke out at a multi-occupancy house on Glenister Park Road in Streatham at 7.07pm on Sunday, 25 February.

A 49-year-old man was found dead inside the property and locals said his body was removed and left on the street for some time before being taken away. 

One neighbour told how she and her family only just escaped the blaze after locals alerted them.

A 49-year-old man was found dead inside the property and locals said his body was removed and left on the street for some time before being taken away

A 49-year-old man was found dead inside the property and locals said his body was removed and left on the street for some time before being taken away

Forensics were pictured outside the property yesterday

Forensics were pictured outside the property yesterday 

The blaze broke out at a multi-occupancy house in Glenister Park Road in Streatham at 7.07pm on Sunday, 25 February

The blaze broke out at a multi-occupancy house in Glenister Park Road in Streatham at 7.07pm on Sunday, 25 February

The woman who lives next door to the house in question did not initially notice the fire - and believes she and her family would have been killed had a friend not alerted them.

The resident, who asked not to be named, explained: 'My neighbour came banging on my door and said we had to get out.

'Myself, my mother, and my five-year-old son were completely oblivious. We hadn't smelled the smoke. I was upstairs and nearly fell down the stairs rushing to get out of the house.

'The street was completely full of smoke that was billowing out of the house. You couldn't see a thing or breathe.

'I almost lost my son in the panic, it was awful. I could just about make out the light from a street lamp over the road so made for that.

'A minute later and we might have been trapped in our home, I'm so grateful to our neighbour.'

The woman also said that the man's body was left out on the street for a while.

'I'm still in shock. The poor man's body was out in the street for some time.

'I didn't know who he was but I'm going to leave some flowers outside now - no one deserves to go like that. It is horrendous.

Neighbour Uzair Arshad, 31, who lives just a couple doors down from where the fire was, said there were 'flames everywhere'.

He explained: 'I heard a lot of shouting and screaming, so I rushed outside onto the street and I saw the house.

'There were flames everywhere. The fire was huge. People were coming out of their houses, there was lots of panic.

'But the fire brigade and police arrived within

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