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'We'll all miss our happy Jai' School tribute to young victim of horror blaze, 4.

Byline: JOHN SIDDLE @jsiddle

A HEADTEACHER today paid tribute to a four-year-old boy killed in a horror blaze.

Moksha Jai Joshi, known to all as Jai, and his mum Janma Joshi, 40, were killed in the fire which swept through their two-bedroom flat in Tuebrook last Thursday.

An inquest opened on Monday heard how police are "satisfied" Ms Joshi had deliberately started the fire.

Jai was a pupil at Howick CE Primary School, in Penwortham, near Preston, where his father is believed to live.

Schoolchildren and teachers at the small school were said to be devastated by news of the youngster's death. A specialist team from Lancashire County Council are helping them cope with the tragedy.

Headteacher Deborah Bramley said: "We are all in shock at the news of Jai's death and extremely upset.

"Jai started in our reception class in September and during that time he had become a very well-loved member of our close-knit school community.

"He was a completely endearing little boy with a big smile and the older children all tended to look after him because he was quite small.

"He was very happy in school. We will miss him enormously.

"We know this will be upsetting for all our pupils, especially Jai's very young classmates, and the county council's specialist team will be helping us look after them all."

Join on our page " The inquest heard that Ms Joshi was born in Malawi and worked as a pharmacy assistant. She was married to Mohi com/poolecho Nanda, an officer in the Indian Merchant Navy.

He was not Jai''s dad, who was a member of the Patel family.

In a statement, they said they would ensure no stone is left unturned to find the truth, so that we can come to terms with the sequence of events which have led to our tragic loss."

They added: Jai thoroughly enjoyed his times in both nursery and primary school and had many friends whom he enjoyed spending time with.

Jai had aspirations to become a doctor and he would say 'When I am bigger, I am going to be a doctor so I can make you better'.

Jai was a model child who tragically lost his life to a mindless act. The life of our beloved Jai has been lost at such a tender age. A tragedy, yes, with many open questions.

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Police said an accelerant was used to start the blaze resulting in a fire and explosion.



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Date:May 14, 2014
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