Child deaths fire 'not suspicious'

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The scene in Hulland Ward, near Ashbourne, Derbyshire, where four young children died in a house fire

Police and firefighters investigating a house fire in which four children died have said there is nothing to suggest the deaths are suspicious.

Officers said they are keeping an “open mind” about the cause of the fire, which they think began in the lounge.

Four children, all under the age of 10, died when the fire engulfed the property while they slept upstairs at around 11.30pm on Monday.

Their 45-year-old mother, named locally as Rachel Henson, managed to escape from the semi-detached house in Highfield Road, Hulland Way, Derbyshire, and then tried unsuccessfully to get back in to rescue her children.

She was taken to the Royal Derby Hospital and treated for smoke inhalation but has since been released.

Two of the children, named locally as Tommy, aged nine, and Appolonia, two, were carried out of the house by firefighters but died later in hospital.

The bodies of the two other children, named by family members as Aleisha, six, and Rocco, four, were later found inside the semi-detached house in Highfield Road.

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