Mother, 33, and daughter, eight, die in horrific house blaze as two other members of their family, including a five-year-old boy, are seriously injured
- Firefighters rushed to a house fire in leafy Collingham in Nottinghamshire
- Five people, believed to be in the same family, found to be seriously injured
- An eight-year-old girl and a 33-year-old woman passed away this morning
- Boy, 5, and 34-year-old man in serious condition, as woman, 53, escaped unhurt
10:31 EST, 15 December 2018
14:04 EST, 15 December 2018
A mother and her eight-year-old daughter died after a blaze tore through their home this morning.
Police confirmed a child and a 33-year-old woman from the same family were killed after a house fire broke out in Collingham, near Newark, Nottinghamshire, at around 7am today.
A 34-year-old man and a five-year-old boy were seriously injured in the blaze, but a 53-year-old woman was successfully evacuated from the building on Woodhill Road without injury.
Officers said all five people were related.
Emergency services continue to be in place at the scene, and a joint investigation has been launched by Nottinghamshire Police and Fire and Rescue.
At this time there is no indication into the cause of the fire – which has been brought under control.
Nottinghamshire Police Area Chief Inspector Rich Stapleford said: ‘This morning our Fire and Rescue colleagues were able to remove five people from a property affected by fire.
‘Ambulance crews were on scene and provided emergency care at the scene and on route to hospital.
Emergency services rushed to Collingham following reports of a blaze at a property at 7am this morning
‘Despite their best efforts it is with sadness that I confirm a girl aged eight and a woman aged 33 have died following the incident.
‘A five-year-old boy and a 34-year-old man remain in hospital with serious injuries.
‘A 53-year-old woman was lead to safety and looked after at the scene.
‘It is believed that all five people were members of the same family.
‘The fire was brought under control and a joint Fire and Police investigation is taking place to establish a cause.
‘Collingham is a very close knit community and this includes some of the fire crews who responded.
‘I know this news will hit the village very hard indeed.
‘I speak on behalf of all the emergency services who were in attendance when I say our thoughts are with the victims, their families, friends and the community of Collingham at this difficult time.’
Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue tweeted about the tragic incident this morning
Martin Ball, a resident of Woodhill Road, said, ‘I couldn’t see any smoke from my home but I saw lots and lots of vehicles arriving so I knew it was serious.
‘There was five or six fire engines, with lots of police.
‘There was even the helicopter support team there.
‘The family live near to the junction and my view is obstructed by other buildings.
‘It’s a complete tragedy.’