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05-02-19

NFCC expresses its sympathy to family following fatal house fire

Following the fatal house fire in Staffordshire in the early hours of this morning where four children tragically lost their lives, the National Fire Chiefs Council has expressed its deepest sympathy to the family.

 The children were unfortunately pronounced dead at the scene. Two adults and another child are receiving treatment in hospital.

 Firefighters, police and paramedics were sent to the two-storey house after a 999 call at around 2.40am on February 5th.

 NFCC Chair Roy Wilsher commented: “I would like to extend my heartfelt sympathy to the family following this tragic fire and offer my condolences to everyone affected and involved.

 “All fatal fires are devastating for those involved and the scale of this incident makes it even more difficult. “I would also like to extend my gratitude to firefighters and other blue light services who attended the incident, which is likely to have a major impact on them.

 “I know everyone did all they could to save lives. We will be on hand to support Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service as more details are made available, including technical support and working with the Chief Fire Officer to ensure staff are given the support they need.

 “It is important we all remain vigilant about fire safety; it remains a risk and must be an essential part in our thinking and planning to help to keep our communities safe.”

 Firefighters, police and paramedics attended the incident. Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service were supported by other services who attended the scene, as well as additional support including technical rescue and fire investigation.

 Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are examining the scene as the investigation into the cause of the fire begins. There will be a joint investigation with the police into the cause of the fire. At this stage, no more details are available.

 Three pumps attended the fire along with an aerial ladder platform and one pump remains at the scene. Technical rescue advisers are at the scene. as well as investigators.

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