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William Beale, nine, who died with his two siblings during a house fire in Bridlington, East Yorkshire (Humberside Police)

A woman remains in a critical condition in hospital after a house fire which claimed the lives of her three children.

Three-year-old Maddie Hudson, Anthony Hudson, five, and William Beale, nine, perished in the blaze in Clarence Avenue, Bridlington.

Their mother, 27-year-old Samantha Hudson, was rescued from the house and remains in hospital in Scarborough, North Yorkshire.

A neighbour has described her desperate attempts to help save the children, who she said were taken out of the house “like rag dolls” by firefighters.

Fire crews and police were called to the cul-de-sac, which is just a short walk from the town’s beach, at 11.58pm on Thursday.

Nurse Lesley Salisbury, 59, said she helped perform first aid on the youngsters after being woken in the night and running outside in her dressing gown.

She said: “A firefighter brought out a little boy. I told him I was a nurse and I started to work on him. I think I just went into nurse mode. I was doing chest compressions and the firefighters were doing the oxygen. After that it was just a blur, a dreadful blur.

“I do remember the firefighters bringing them out; they were like little rag dolls.”

Mrs Salisbury, who works as a nurse at Hull Prison, added: “It is just an awful tragedy.”

Referring to the little girl who died, Mrs Salisbury said: “She was a little angel, a beautiful little girl,” and she described all three youngsters as “lovely children”.

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