Four children killed in house fire in Staffordshire
Another child and two adults are being treated in hospital
Four children have been killed in a fire in Stafford police say.
Two adults and another child are being treated in hospital with injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening after a fire broke out at a home in the Highfields area of Stafford at about 2.40am on Tuesday.
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue service is examining the scene in order to establish the cause of the fire.
It is with great sadness we can confirm the deaths of four children at a house fire in Highfields, Stafford, in the early hours of this morning (Feb 5). More information here - https://t.co/sFfDVWuAOH pic.twitter.com/ocD5uNHlcB
— Staffordshire Police (@StaffsPolice) February 5, 2019
A spokesperson for Staffordshire Police said: "At 2:40am this morning police officers and colleagues from the fire and ambulance services attended a serious house fire in the Highfields area of Stafford.
"A search at the property in Sycamore Lane is ongoing, but it is with great sadness we can confirm the deaths of four children at the property.
"Two adults and another child are being treated in hospital.
"Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
"Colleagues from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are examining the scene as the investigation into the cause of the fire begins.
"Our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time."
A spokesperson for West Midlands Ambulance Service said: "Four children have tragically died in a house fire in Stafford in the early hours of this morning.
"West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call from the fire service at 2.40am this morning (Tuesday) to reports of a house fire in Sycamore Lane, Stafford.
"Two paramedic officers, three ambulances, the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team, the MERIT trauma team and a BASICS emergency doctor attended the scene along with police and fire colleagues."
"When crews arrived they found an ongoing serious house fire.
"Three occupants, two adults and a child, had managed to get out of the property.
"All three patients were assessed and treated on scene by ambulance staff for non-life-threatening injuries before being taken to hospital for further care.
"Tragically, four children from the property were confirmed dead on scene.
"Our thoughts are with the family at this exceptionally difficult time."