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Teen arrested over deaths of children in house fire at mother's birthday party

Published 11/01/2012 | 15:39

Jordan Smith, 2, (front) and twins Holly and Ella Smith, 4, (in pink) who died in the house fire Photo: PA
Jordan Smith, 2, (front) and twins Holly and Ella Smith, 4, (in pink) who died in the house fire Photo: PA

An 18-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder following a house fire in England at the weekend in which four siblings died.

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Four-year-old twins Holly and Ella Smith and their two-year-old brother Jordan died after being overcome by smoke as they slept at their home in the village of Freckleton near Preston in Lancashire.

Their 19-year-old bother Reece also died when he attempted to rescue the children but was also overcome by smoke.

Police are questioning an 18-year-old from Lytham, Lancashire after confirming that the fire had started in a wardrobe in the children’s bedroom.

The blaze broke out as partygoers were gathered in the downstairs part of the converted bungalow celebrating the 36th birthday of Michelle Smith, the mother of the children.

At a police briefing yesterday Detective Chief Inspector Neil Essen said: “I can now confirm that the fire is being treated as suspicious. We are following a number of lines of inquiry and have spoken to a number of people who were at the house on the night in question.

Four-year-old twins Holly and Ella Smith and their two-year-old brother Jordan died after being overcome by smoke as they slept at their home in the village of Freckleton near Preston in Lancashire.

Their 19-year-old bother Reece also died when he attempted to rescue the children but was also overcome by smoke.

Police are questioning an 18-year-old from Lytham, Lancashire after confirming that the fire had started in a wardrobe in the children’s bedroom.

The blaze broke out as partygoers were gathered in the downstairs part of the converted bungalow celebrating the 36th birthday of Michelle Smith, the mother of the children.

At a police briefing yesterday Detective Chief Inspector Neil Essen said: “I can now confirm that the fire is being treated as suspicious. We are following a number of lines of inquiry and have spoken to a number of people who were at the house on the night in question.

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