Exeter fire – Three people including girl, 4, killed in house blaze & three children in hospital as police launch probe

THREE members of the same family, including a four-year-old girl, have been killed in a house fire in Exeter.

Police have launched an investigation following the deadly blaze on Clayton Road in the St David's area of the Devon city.

Cops confirmed the victims were a 28-year-old woman, a 29-year-old man and a four-year-old girl.

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

Devon and Cornwall Police said everyone in the house was related.

The force was called to the Devonshire home by the ambulance service just after 5.30am this morning, by which time fire fighters had extinguished the flames.

Chief Superintendent Daniel Evans, of Devon and Cornwall Police, said: “It has now been confirmed that two adults, a 28-year-old woman and a 29-year-old man, plus a 4-year-old girl have all died following this house fire.

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

“Two boys aged 4 and 9, and a 7-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."

Chief Superintendent Evans said police are "working closely with specialist scene investigators to help us understand how this tragic incident could have occurred".

However there is "nothing to indicate any third-party involvement" and they are not seeking anyone else in connection to this fire at this time.

He added: “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.

“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.”

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