Two children die in house fire - police launch criminal investigation
Two children have died after a house fire, police said.
The boy and girl were discovered at the home in the Hamstead area of Birmingham by emergency services in the early hours of Friday.
They were rushed to hospital from the property in Holland Road, but were later pronounced dead, West Midlands Police said.
Detectives have launched a criminal investigation, with a WMP spokesman saying the cause of their deaths was not yet known.
A woman was also treated at the scene but did not suffer a serious injury, he added.
The fire was discovered in the hallway of the house at around 3.40am, police said.
Detective Inspector Justin Spanner said: "The events of this morning remain unclear and we are still trying to piece together the circumstances leading up to what happened.
"This is a terrible incident and my thoughts are with everyone who has been affected.
"If there was anyone in the area in the early hours of this morning who thinks they may be able to help us with our investigation I would urge them to get in touch with my team."
The father of two children who died after a suspected arson attack on their home is critically ill in hospital, police said.
Detective Chief Inspector Martin Slevin, of West Midlands Police, said that their father was later found badly hurt with a burnt-out car in Newcastle-Under-Lyme, Staffordshire.
Speaking from where the children died in Holland Road, Hamstead, he said: "We believe these two incidents are connected and we are not looking for anyone else in connection with the fire here."