Ashbourne, Derbyshire: Family Of Four Children Lost In House Fire ‘Heartbroken’

26 Jan

The family of a woman who lost her four children at a blaze in their home have spoken of their heartbreak.

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The youngsters, all aged under 10, perished after flames engulfed the house in the village of Hulland Ward, near Ashbourne, Derbyshire.

Their 45-year-old mother, Rachel Henson, is said to have escaped and tried to get back inside to rescue the children.

But the two boys – named locally as Tommy, nine, and Rocco, four – died with their sisters Alisha, six, and Apollonia, two.

The cause of the blaze remains a mystery and a joint probe by police and fire investigators is under way 

Rachel’s sister Rebecca, also 45, said: “She loved her children. She was a single mum but not on benefits. She worked her backside off for her kids.”

Tommy and Appolonia were carried out of the semi-detached house by firefighters but later died in hospital. Aleisha and Rocco were found inside.

Shocked friends of the children’s mother also paid tribute,

Vivyan Manion, who runs an antiques store next to the barber’s shop, Boyz, which Ms Henson runs, said she was a “trendy mum” who made time for her children.

Emergency services were called to the village of Hulland Ward, near Ashbourne, Derbyshire at around 11.30pm on Monday.

Ms Henson is in a stable condition, and believed to be conscious, after being treated in hospital for smoke inhalation.

A neighbour said she had recently had central heating of the house which involved metal pipes being inserted in the chimney.

Police have said rumours of threats made against the family and the property are not forming part of their investigation.

A team of investigators is at the scene this morning.

Video: Family’s Heartbreak Over Kids Killed In Fire

Video: House Fire Kills Four Children In Derbyshire

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