UK: Five children killed in house fire

FIVE children have died in a house fire while a sixth child has been taken to hospital for specialist treatment, police said.

Emergency services were called to the house on Victory Road in Allenton, Derby, just before 4am today.

Derbyshire Police said eight people, two adults and six children, were taken to the Royal Derby Hospital.

A spokesman added later: “Police can confirm that five children have died in a house fire on Victory Road, Derby.

“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.

“As the investigation continues further information will be released to the public. Anyone who can help the police inquiry into the incident should contact the police.”