Five British children die in house fire

11th May 2012, Comments 0 comments

Five children have died in a house fire in Derby, central England, police said on Friday.

Derbyshire Police said a sixth child and two adults were being treated in hospital, after emergency services were called to the house in Allenton, Derby, at around 4:00 am (0300 GMT).

The children who died were aged between five and 10. The child taken to hospital is 13 years old.

"Police can confirm that five children have died in a house fire," the force said in a statement.

"A sixth child aged 13 has been transferred to hospital in Birmingham for specialist treatment. The two adults are not seriously injured.

"The ages of the children who died range from five up to 10 years old. The investigation into the cause of the fire is at a very early stage and it would be wrong to speculate at this time."

© 2012 AFP

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