A SECOND man has been arrested over the murders of a mum and her four-year-old son killed in a house fire.
Gina Ingles, 34, and Milo, four, died in a “horrific” blaze completely destroyed their home in Eastbourne, East Sussex.
PA:Press Association Gina Ingles and her son Milo died in a house fire while her partner Toby Jarrett remains in an induced coma
Gina’s partner Toby Jarrett, 26, who was also in the house at the time, was taken to an undisclosed hospital with burn injuries and remains in an induced coma.
A 23-year-old man from Eastbourne is being held on suspicion of two counts of murder and one of attempted murder.
He was arrested in the seaside town at around 1pm on Monday.
Another man, 47, also from Eastbourne, has been released under investigation after he was arrested on Sunday on the same charges.
The fire broke out at around 1am on Tuesday last week.
Facebook Cops had been unable to enter the house to search for Gina and Milo because it was so badly damaged in the blaze
Facebook The cause of the fire is currently being treated as arson
Gina and Milo were discovered in a first floor bedroom at about 12noon on Wednesday.
Their bodies have still not been formally identified, but police said they were “confident” it was Gina and Milo and next of kin have been informed.
Detective Chief Inspector Mike Ashcroft, of the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team, who is leading the investigation, said: “Our thoughts continue to be with the victims’ family and friends.
“I am aware that this horrific incident continues to have a huge impact on the community.
Bodies of mum, 34, and her four-year-old son found after arson attack on their Eastbourne home as cops launch murder probe
EDDIE MITCHELL 07771605974 A forensic officer at the scene of the blaze last week
BBC Dramatic footage shows huge flames ripping through the house in Eastbourne, East Sussex
EDDIE MITCHELL 07771605974 The fire broke out at 1.20am at a two-bed terrace
EDDIE MITCHELL 07771605974 Man suffered severe burns after escaping through a window
“I am appealing to anyone who has even the smallest piece of information which they think might help us to find out who is responsible for committing this terrible crime to get in touch with us.”
Relatives released a heartfelt tribute to Gina and Milo saying their family was “totally broken and distraught by the tragic loss of our beautiful daughter, sister, auntie and cousin, and grandson and nephew”.
They said Gina was a “kind and free spirited person with a big heart” and that Milo was “a beautiful little boy so full of fun and smiles”.
They said: “Both Gina and Milo were our shining lights that brought love to us all. We are all trying to come to terms with this terrible loss and there is a huge hole in all of our lives.”