The fire broke out in St David’s early on Sunday morning (Picture: Backgrid)
A ‘severe’ house blaze has killed three people, including a four-year-old girl, and hospitalised three young children.
The fire broke out at a property in St David’s, Exeter, in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Fire trucks and emergency services rushed to the scene just after 5.30am. But by the time they arrived, the house had already been extinguished.
A 28-year-old woman and a man, 29, along with the little girl, have been confirmed dead by police. Their next of kin have been informed.
Two boys aged, four and nine, and a seven-year-old girl have been hospitalised by the fire. All three remain in a stable condition and will be transferred to Bristol Children’s Hospital later today.
Police confirmed all six were part of the same family.
Three children remain in hospital following the blaze (Picture: Backgrid)
Two adults and a child died following the fire (Picture: Backgrid)
Police said there appears to be no suspicious circumstances around the fire, which they described as ‘severe’.
Exeter Police Chief Superintendent Daniel Evans said: ‘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.’
He added: ‘We are working closely with specialist scene investigators to help us understand how this tragic incident could have occurred.
Police remained at the scene on Sunday afternoon (Picture: Backgrid)
Police are not treating the fire as suspicious (Picture: Backgrid)
‘But currently there is nothing to indicate any third-party involvement in this matter and therefore we are not seeking anyone in connection to this fire at this time.
‘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.’
Both Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service personnel and Devon and Cornwall Police officers remain on the scene investigating what has happened.
They add that there is currently no damage or risk to any of the adjoining properties in the area.
Police are appealing for new from anyone who can help with the investigation.
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