Wednesday 21 March 2018

Two children among four dead in house blaze

Matthew Cooper

Four people, including two children, have been killed in a house fire.

A third child is being treated in hospital for minor injuries after the fire in North Wingfield, near Chesterfield, north Derbyshire, early today.

A Derbyshire Police spokesman said officers were conducting a joint inquiry with the fire service into the cause of the blaze, which was reported to the emergency services at 5am.

A police spokesman said: "Two adults and two children have died as a result of the fire.

"Williamthorpe Road will be closed for several hours and local diversions are in operation."

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service said it was alerted to the fire at 4.58am.

Firefighters from Clay Cross, Chesterfield and Staveley attended the blaze, with the first appliance arriving at the scene eight minutes after the emergency call was received.

A fire service spokesman said: "A joint fire investigation is currently under way in conjunction with Derbyshire Police and further details will be released in due course."

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