Merseyside Police can confirm that forensic examinations carried out with Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service have established that the fatal fire on Moscow Drive, Tuebrook, was started deliberately.
Extensive examinations have taken place at the two-bedroom flat over the last three days by specialist investigators from Merseyside Police, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service with expert forensic scientists from partner agencies. Those examinationsÂ have concluded that an accelerant was used to start the fire, which claimed the lives of a 40-year-old (correct) woman and her four-year-old son. At this stage of the investigation there is no evidence of any third party involvement.
Police are now also in a position to name the deceased as Janma Joshi and her son Moksha Jai Joshi (known as Jai – pronounced Jay) to family and friends.
Detective Chief Inspector Andy O’Connor, said: “Extensive forensic examinations carried out by Merseyside Police and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service have established that the fire was deliberately started by an accelerant. Examinations are stillÂ Â underway to determine the type of accelerant used.
“Although the investigation is in its early stages there is currently no indication of any third party involvement, however, there is still a lot of investigative work to be undertaken and we need to remain open minded.
“Detectives are continuing their inquiries and I would urge anyone who may have information which could help us with our inquiries to come forward.”
Anyone with any information is asked to call Merseyside Police onÂ 0151 777 4067, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, onÂ 0800 555 111.