Police have launched a murder investigation following the death of an elderly woman in a flat fire in south London, which has been described as a "vile attack" by police. Detective Chief Inspector Cliff Lyons said:
As a result of this vile attack an elderly lady has died and a further fatality was only prevented by the heroic work of the London Fire Brigade.
We know one premises is a Vietnamese restaurant and the other a converted cafe that has been turned into residential accommodation.
Giuseppina is of Italian descent and is not connected with the Vietnamese restaurant and it is not clear at this early stage of the inquiry why these premises were targeted.
This attack has left the local community shell-shocked and a family devastated at the loss of their loved one.