Barking 11-year-old boy who died in house fire named after school pays tribute to ‘kind and gentle student’

An 11-year-old schoolboy who tragically died in a house fire in Barking has been named as Daniel Ajayi and is described by his year head as a “kind and gentle student” who “was a great friend”. Daniel, a Year 7 student at Riverside School, sadly died after a fire in Stern Close, Barking, on March 7.

The fire started in the early morning, just before 3:25 am, in a three-bedroom apartment on the second floor of a building on the cul-de-sac. The London Fire Brigade (LFB) spent just under two hours fighting the flames.

Two more children were rushed to hospital, along with two adults. A man was also treated at the east London scene. The four people in the hospital, whose ages and sexes are not yet known, are in non-life-threatening conditions.

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The fire occurred in a house in a cul-de-sac in Barking(Image: Matt Spivey/MyLondon)

MyLondon previously reported that the victim had been named as ‘Daniel’, but his full name has now been revealed. Daniel’s school and Daniel’s friends created a GoFundMe to support the family who hope to “help them rebuild their lives.” Councilor Darren Rodwell, Barking and Dagenham council leader who supports the school’s efforts, said: “I support Riverside School who are raising money to support the family of Daniel Ajayi who sadly lost his life in a fire in a house.

“I am proud to know that the school will be donating £2,000 from their charity fund and am delighted that members of our community have come together to support the family at what is an extremely difficult time.”

Paying tribute, Daniel’s Head of the Year at Riverside School, Victoria Aldis, told MyLondon: “Daniel was a kind and gentle student who was a great friend and used to make everyone laugh. He was eager to be involved in all aspects of school life, playing soccer every break and being a key part of the eco club.


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