‘Darling angels’, 3 and 7, killed in house fire as mum jumped from window to flee in front of ‘traumatised’ neighbours

A MUM broke her bones fleeing a devastating house fire that killed her "darling" two young children, horrified neighbours reported today.

The tragic three-year-old boy and girl, seven, were pronounced dead at the scene after the horror in St Neots, Cambs, yesterday morning.



Dramatic pictures show burnt-out windows and the roof charred on the property.

The children's mum, 35, was taken to hospital with life-changing injuries.

She broke her bones after jumping from top a window to escape the blaze in front of her "traumatised" neighbours.

Her 46-year-old partner suffered minor injuries after trying to gain access to the burning house to save the two children.

'FAMILY SHATTERED'

Angela Russell, who has set up a GoFundMe, said: "A house fire broke out today leaving a family shattered.

"The mum is at hospital with broken bones after having to jump from the window.

"The stepdad is also receiving medical help after rushing home to try and gain access to save the children."

Tributes have now been paid to the "darling angels" by heartbroken locals.

One wrote in a card: "Keep holding each other's hands. You are so loved.

"I can to the house last night to wish you sweet dreams and watch over you. Tonight I will come to read you a bedtime story.

"We well look after you and your mummy and daddy".

A tribute on a teddy bear left at the scene said: "We have no words. So heartbroken. Hope you are all in a better place. XXX."

Police are now working with fire crews to establish the cause of the fire.

Locals reported seeing flames shooting from the top window of the three-storey house as the "serious house fire" took hold.

They were asked to avoid the area as firefighters battled the blaze.

Peter Kellythorn, 40, said there was a smell "like something might be smouldering" yesterday morning.

He said: "I got dressed, came outside and there was smoke billowing out from the back window.

"The heat – it doesn't bear thinking about.

"It's awful."

DESPERATE BATTLE

Chief Fire Officer, Chris Strickland, today described the desperate battle to reach the two tragic children.

He said: “This is such a devastating incident and our thoughts remain with the family.

“Crews fought tirelessly to get the fire under control and locate the children who they had been told were still in the house.

“It’s one of the toughest incidents you can attend as a firefighter and we’re looking after the crews who were there.

“But all of our thoughts are very much with the family and the local community and we’ll be in the area over the coming days providing support to residents.”

A second GoFundMe page has now been set up to help the victims of the blaze.

FIRE TRAGEDY

Fundraiser Simona Bagnato said: "Today, 10/12, in Eynesbury – Buttercup Avenue a house next to ours had an accident. The house is totally burnt.

"As neighbour I thought to help raising money for this family that have lost everything.

"I know that a little help from each of us will make a difference for these unfortunate people.

"Thank you for your time."

Cambridge Police today confirmed they are still on the scene.

A police spokesperson said: "Emergency services have been at the scene of a house fire in Eynesbury since yesterday morning (December 10) where two children have died.

"It is believed the blaze broke out about 7am at a three-story house in Buttercup Avenue.

"A three-year-old boy and a seven-year-old girl were pronounced dead at the scene, a 35-year-old woman has been taken to hospital with life-changing injuries, while a 46-year-old man has suffered minor injuries.

"The cause of the fire is yet to be established, however police are working with fire investigators to get to the route of the blaze."




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