Murder investigation launched as children, aged 1 and 3, killed in flat fire


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A murder investigation has been launched after two children were killed in a flat fire and a woman left fighting for her life. Fire investigators have concluded the blaze in the Clifton area of Nottingham was started deliberately.

Two young children, aged one and three, were pronounced dead in hospital. A woman remains in a critical condition.

Emergency services were called to reports of a fire at a first-floor flat on Fairisle Close at 3.17am on Sunday. Neighbours were evacuated as fire crews tackled the blaze.

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The children and women were treated at the scene by paramedics for smoke inhalation and taken to Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham. A murder investigation is now under way as detectives attempt to establish what happened.

Detective Chief Inspector Greg McGill, from Nottinghamshire Police, who is leading the investigation, said: “These are tragic and very sad circumstances and my thoughts are with the family of those involved. Following a joint investigation with Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service we have established that the fire was started deliberately.

“We are appealing for witnesses who were in the area at that time and saw something suspicious to please come forward and help us with the investigation. We have a team of detectives who are working hard to establish the circumstances and our inquiries remain in their early stages.”

Inspector Ben Lawrence, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “This tragic incident has resulted in two children sadly losing their lives and my thoughts, first and foremost, are with their loved ones at this time. We understand residents living nearby will be shocked by this news and have concerns about what happened.

“We will continue to maintain a policing presence in the area and we will be working to reassure them as best we can in the coming days. If anyone has any concerns I’d encourage them to speak to one of our officers.”

Chris Clark from Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service added: “All of our thoughts are with the family of those involved and we send our deepest condolences. Alongside the police, we will now investigate the cause of this fire and tragic loss of life.

“We recognise what has happened will be deeply distressing for the local community, and we will be in the area to offer reassurance to residents over the coming days.”

Nottingham City Council leader David Mellen said: “I am so saddened to hear this tragic news. The loss of two young children is completely heartbreaking.

“We’ll do all we can to support the family and community at this deeply upsetting time.”

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