Derbyshire: New Picture Of Four Child Victims Of House Fire Released

28 Jan

It has emerged that a house fire which killed four young children may have been caused by a spark from an open fireplace – as a new picture of the victims was released by their mother.

New Picture Of Children Killed In House Blaze: Click On Image To Enlarge Photo:

Two brothers and two sisters, all aged under 10, died following the tragedy in Hulland Ward, Derbyshire on Monday night.

The children’s mother Rachel Henson, 45, managed to escape through a downstairs window from the semi-detached property but was unable to get back inside to rescue them.

Neighbours also tried to reach the youngsters as the fire swept through the house but they could not open the front door.

Tommy, nine, and Appolonia, two, were carried out by firefighters.

However, they were not able to be saved and died in hospital.

The bodies of Alisha, six, and Rocco, four, were found inside the semi-detached home in Highfield Road.

Gavin Tomlinson, area manager for Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service, said there was no evidence of working smoke alarms in the property.

He said: “We believe this tragedy was the result of a spark or ember falling from an open fireplace in the lounge.

“Our thoughts and sympathies are with the family at this time. This incident demonstrates how easily a fire in the home can devastate lives.”

The children’s mother was taken to the Royal Derby Hospital suffering from smoke inhalation and was discharged on Tuesday.

A statement said Ms Henson was “inconsolable with grief and wishes to be left alone to grieve privately with her family and friends”.

Her sister, Rebecca, 45, told reporters: “She loved her children. She was a single mum but not on benefits. She worked her backside off for her kids.”

Chief Superintendent Peter Lewis said: “We have been working closely with the fire service and although there is significant damage to the house, we are now confident that the fire started in the lounge.

“The investigation has not revealed any information or evidence to suggest the deaths are suspicious at this time.”

He also said there was no reason to believe rumours that a former partner of Ms Henson had previously threatened to set fire to her house.

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