A woman was arrested after two twin boys, ages three and four, died in a house fire in south London.
Firefighters became one just before 7 p.m. Thursday Called the terraced house on Collingwood Road, Sutton, and found a « very well developed » fire with the four boys in it, said Richard Mills, deputy commissioner of the London Fire Brigade.
He told reporters at the scene yesterday, « I can confirm that there are two pairs of twins, aged four and three. «
When asked if anyone was still in the house, he said: » When we arrived there were four children in the house. «
They were treated on the spot before being taken to two hospitals in south London, where they were pronounced dead.
In a statement yesterday, police confirmed the arrest and said the woman was being held in police custody.Be ahead of the day m it the morning headlines at 7.30am and Fionnán Sheahan’s exclusive version of the daily news every afternoon with our free daily newsletter.
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Speaking of the firefighters involved, Mr. Mills said, “Entering a building and saving lives is always a very difficult place. The age of the children, the fact that they are so young, will greatly influence them. «
The London Fire Brigade Inspector Andy Roe also said earlier that the death of the children had » stunned everyone in deep sadness « .
Floral tributes were paid outside the police cordon on Collingwood Road yesterday morning, with a message on a bouquet: “To Kyson Bryson Leyton Logan. To sleep well. Dear Grandpa. ”
Police officers were seen entering and exiting the property, where the once white facade had been blackened.
The Metropolitan Police announced that the children’s immediate family had been informed and was receiving expert assistance .
Superintendent Rob Shepherd said Thursday evening, “The thoughts of everyone in the South Area Command Unit go with the family and friends of these four young children who suffered such a devastating and tragic loss tonight.
« I know these feelings are shared by the local community, Sutton and London at large.
» We stay with our ambulance colleagues on site and work all night and beyond. The cause of the fire is unknown at this very early stage and is being investigated. ”
The four deceased children were“ so good ”and“ polite ”, according to a woman who works in a nearby shop -Year-old, who refused to give her name, said the two twin boys often came to her shop with their mother.
Rev. Frances Arnold, a priest from the local St. Nicholas Church, said: « It’s a great shock and tragic loss of life, young children, and so we will continue to offer our prayers for the family, friends and church here. « , the emergency services. »
Matt Gray, Manager, Sutton United Football Club, put yellow and black team scarves in front of the police chain at the scene.
He said it was « such a tragic event on our doorstep » and « a great shock and obviously very devastating ».
The Westbourne Primary School in Sutton in a statement said they were « devastated « About the » heartbreaking « death of the children, two of whom were students there.
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