Girl, 4, among three dead in house fire tragedy as 3 more in critical condition

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A young child is among three people to have died and three others youngsters are fighting for life following a horrifying house fire in Exeter.

Police and firefighters were called to a "severe" property fire at in Clayton Road in the St David’s area of Exeter at around 5.30am on Sunday, February 21.

A 28-year-old woman and a 29-year-old man, plus a four-year-old girl have all died following the fire, and two boys aged four and nine, and a seven-year-old girl now in hospital.

Bonhay Road remains closed and both Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service personnel and Devon and Cornwall Police officers remain on the scene investigating following the tragic incident.

Police are appealing for anyone with information about the incident to contact them, DevonLive reports.

A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman said: "Just after 5.30am on Sunday, February 21, Police were informed by ambulance that both they and the Fire Service were in attendance following a housefire that was already extinguished.

"The property is located on Clayton Road, off Bonhay Road in the St David’s area of Exeter."

Chief Superintendent Daniel Evans said: “It has now been confirmed that two adults, a 28-year-old woman and a 29-year-old man, plus a four-year-old girl have all died following this house fire.

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"Next of kin have been informed and we will be supporting those affected with specialist officers.

"Two boys aged four and nine, and a seven-year-old girl who were also in the house at the time of the fire remain in hospital.

"All three are currently in a stable condition, and all will be transferred to Bristol Children’s Hospital later today; all six within the property are related to each other.

“We are working closely with specialist scene investigators to help us understand how this tragic incident could have occurred, but currently there is nothing to indicate any third-party involvement in this matter and therefore we are not seeking anyone in connection to this fire at this time.

“We hope to release the wider cordon along Bonhay Road by this evening, but an inner cordon surrounding the property along with a scene guard will be in place for the next three days at least, whilst vital scene investigation work takes place.”

Chief Supt Evans added: “This is a deeply upsetting incident and one that will cause great distress to the community, particularly to those who knew the family.

“I don’t doubt that people will wish to leave a tribute and flowers at the scene. I ask that at this time the public give our officers space to undertake the vital investigative work at the scene, and we will update you all over the coming days in relation to a safe space where people can leave flowers or a tribute if they wish.”

Anyone with any information is asked to call the police on 101 quoting log 140 for February 21.

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