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Fire scare toddler stays in care

Block of flats in Lynch Walk, Deptford, east London, where a toddler was discovered home alone during a fire incident
The child's mother has been released on bail

A toddler found alone during a fire alert at his home will remain with social services until police complete their investigation.

The two-year-old boy was found by firefighters at a maisonette in Deptford, south London, on Friday.

The child was taken to hospital for medical checks before being taken away to be cared for by Lewisham Council.

The boy's mother was arrested on suspicion of child neglect and later bailed until December.

One theory being investigated is that the child's mother left the child alone in the property, with a pan boiling on the cooker, while she went shopping.

A neighbour said the landlady told him she had seen a pan on the stove after the child was rescued.

'Appalling incident'

A spokeswoman for Lewisham Council said: "This was an appalling incident.

"Although the family were not known to us, the child will remain in our care until at least the police have completed their investigation."

A 45-year-old man, thought to be a member of the public who tried to get into the maisonette to help the child, was treated in hospital for the effects of breathing smoke.

Boy, 2, found alone during fire
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