20.2.2016 Boys aged two and three die in house fire in Huddersfield

23-03-2016

The fire is thought to have spread rapidly upstairs in the property. It is believed the house had no working smoke alarms.

Fire fighters were called to the property in Alder Street, Fartown on Saturday 20th February 2016

In a statement West Yorkshire Police said: 'Police were called to an address in Alder Street, Huddersfield, shortly before 2.15pm on Saturday after being made aware by West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service of a house fire with persons reported inside.

Two young brothers died following the devastating blaze at the home they shared with their mother.  Fire fighters managed to extinguish the blaze and rescue them, but they both died a short time later.  Their next-of-kin have been informed.

Chris Kirby, group manager at West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, said fire fighters were "very upset about the scenes that they had witnessed".

He stated: fire fighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the property, they extinguished the fire and performed a search of the property and recovered the two boys that were still inside.  Our thoughts are with the family affected, clearly it's going to be devastating for them, the local community and there's also an impact on the crews who attended.

He added: "We believe the fire started in an upstairs bedroom...as many people know, fire can spread very quickly and within a matter of minutes you can have a significant fire in a house property.

West Yorkshire Police said the cause of the fire was not being treated as suspicious, but investigations were ongoing.

A force spokesman added: 'This is a tragic incident where two young lives have been lost.

'We would ask people to take this as a time to ensure that their homes have fitted and working smoke alarms.'

Story collated by Liz Turnbull.

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