A MOTHER IN SHIRLEY, LONG ISLAND NY, perished Friday night as she vainly tried to carry her three children out of their blazing home. Neighbors described the fire as being very fast moving and quickly engulfing the single-story bungalow where Jennifer McCusker, 41, lived with her three children ages 7 and 2-yr.-old twins. The father of the twins also resided there but was not home at the time.
McCusker was apparently overcome by the smoke during her desperate rescue attempt and was found holding one of the twins in her arms. The other toddler was still in its crib and the 7-yr.-old boy was found in another bedroom still in his bed.
When firefighters arrived they found the entire house fully ablaze and were unable to begin any rescue attempt.
The fire officials reported at a Saturday news conference that the fire started in the living room but the cause has not yet been determined.
A MATTYDALE, NEW YORK MAN has been charged with arson and second-degree murder following a fire in the house they shared Friday morning.
The call was dispatched shortly before 6 am and the first-in unit found a working fire in the small bungalow. As the firefighters began their attack along with the search-and-rescue, they found the victim Robert Y. Teachout, 83, already dead at the foot of the stairway. Further search found the victim's son Robert K. Teachout, 56, inside a first-floor room that was filled with smoke. They removed him from the house and he was taken to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.
Before the morning was out, the sheriff''s investigators determined the fire to be "suspicious" and later that day they arrested the younger Teachout, charging him with 2nd-degree arson and 2nd-degree murder.
Robert K. Teachout (the son)
The FD knocked the fire down quickly and stopped the spread. Just as importantly they preserved vital evidence found in the home that aided the investigators in solving the case so efficiently.
It turns out that the son has a long history of mental illness as well as a record of fire-setting over the years. He had reportedly stopped taking his psychotic medications about a year ago and had been acting very irrationally lately.
One of his recent habits had been to rummage through neighbors' trash cans to collect "stuff" and take it home where he accumulated a large hoard of trash and loose items. The water and electricity in the house had been disconnected and the town building inspector had declared the house unfit for habitation.
WSYR-TV posted this video report from the scene:
Read more details on the son's recent, erratic behaviors in the Syracuse Post-StandardHERE.
Read further details of the fire on YNN HERE.
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Firegeezer notes: It isn't often that we get news from Mattydale, N.Y. But when we do, for many people they automatically think of the infamous Mattydale cross-lay hose load and wonder if there is a connection.
The answer is "yes," the Mattydale FD is the birthplace of the well-known hose pack. Three years ago we posted a brief background/history of Chief Eno's invention and even included a photo of the first pumper customized for the hose load. CLICK HERE to read the article and learn the story of the famous Mattydale cross-lay.
A 25-YR.-OLD MAN ALONG with five children, all ages 6 and under, died in a mobile home fire in Tiffin, Ohio, Sunday morning. The children's mother had just started her shift at a local Burger King restaurant when the fire was first reported.
Tiffin Police Dept. received a 911 call at about 7:45 a.m. that there was an active fire at Highland Trailer Park, 686 S. Sandusky St. Police and fire were dispatched to the scene and part of the trailer was fully engulfed by the time the officer arrived on the scene at 7:48 a.m. Fire and EMS arrived on scene at 7:50 a.m.
Friends and relatives stood by Anna Angel, 30, outside the hospital where the mother identified her five children as the victims of a fatal mobile home fire that also claimed the life of her boyfriend.
The victims have been identified as Ms. Angel's boyfriend, Timothy Fresch, 25,and their young son Domanic Fresch, 1, and Ms. Angel's children Trinitie Huey, 4; Sunshine Huey, 3; Stormie Huey, 5, and Tiara Angel, 6.
Ms. Angel's sister, Angel Ramirez of Tiffin said relatives were told by the hospital that the children and Mr. Fresch died of smoke inhalation. The sister said Ms. Angel was not allowed to see the body of her boyfriend because of the severity of his burns.
Tiffin Police Chief Fred Stevens said a passerby saw smoke, broke out the door and heard children screaming. He reached in but could not get the door unlocked, Stevens said. "He couldn't reach (them)," he said.
Tiffin Fire Chief Bill Ennis said when firefighters arrived, there was more fire in the front of the trailer than in the back. Initially, crews were told there were four children and one adult in the trailer. A second crew went in the back as soon as rescuers were told people were in the building. The man and one of the children were located in the front of the trailer.
Bascom EMS and Tiffin EMS transported victims to Mercy Tiffin Hospital, and two helicopters were summoned. All six were pronounced dead at the hospital, according to a release from Tiffin Police Department.
WKYC-TV provided this video report:
Several local businesses including Burger King are collecting donations to help the mother and provide for the six funerals.
A FIREFIGHTER IN KOZAKLI, Turkey, was on duty when a call for a house fire came in for his own residence. His wife and three children were at home at the time, but the two youngest children died in the mid-morning blaze that was reported around 9 am.
Durak Sola said he had gone to work as usual at 08.30 a.m. when a colleague told him that his house was burning. "I came to put out the fire in my own house but it had already burned. I could not save two of my children, I collected both of their bodies," said Sola, adding that he did not know how the fire broke out.
Firefighter Sola (Haber 7)
Sola said the fire started in the bedroom that was situated right next to the room where both of his deceased children had been playing on the computer. He said his children were not burned to death but had been poisoned by the smoke, whereas his wife and 12-year-old son had escaped the house as they were watching TV in a room that was close to the door leading outside.
Sola said he entered the room where his two children were by breaking the window glass. He explained that the children were lying inside the water the fire brigade had sprayed to put out the flames. "I took my children out of the water with my own hands. They were both alive in my arms when I pulled them out. They died on the way to the hospital," Sola said.
The two boys who died were ages 3 and 6. The fire had started in another room from where the residents were, but it was not immediately known what caused it.
UPDATE, 12:30 pm Eastern: Additional information and more video added. Scroll down.
FOUR CHILDREN AND TWO ADULTS have been confirmed dead this morning (Monday) following a large house fire in Pottsville, Pennsylvania.
The fire began shortly before midnight Sunday and rapidly filled the entire home before the first-in units arrived on the scene. The fire was difficult to fight because of access to the house and a quick collapse of the roof and upper floor.
WNEP-TV filed this early report from the scene:
According to the coroner's office, four children ages 2, 3, 7, and 8 were killed along with their father age 30. His sister-in-law age 26 also perished, however the children's mother was not at home at the time of the blaze.
The state police fire marshal is on the scene awaiting the opportunity to get inside. There is no indication yet on the cause of the fire. Five firefighters suffered not-serious injuries.
Republican-Herald / Meyer
Units are still on the scene at the time of this posting and no further information is yet available.
SpankMan posted this raw video of the blaze:
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Fire and Film has more extensive video:
The Pottsville Republican-Herald has the early STORY.
Fire officials said seven people lived in the home. Just one adult, the mother, survived. She was across the street in another house doing laundry.
The initial call was apparently to the police department for a disturbance. A neighbor tried to get in but couldn't. Fire crews were called in and arrived within minutes, but there was little they could do. Pottsville Fire Chief Todd March said, "When the police got here, and the neighbors, they all tried to get in the back of the building. One of our police officers tried to get into the basement door in the front. He got in so far, but there was flames were already coming down the stairs from the second floor down to the first."
The fire crews got water in the fire immediately, March said, but within five minutes the entire front of the building was engulfed in flames.
"The neighbors smelled smoke, including the mother, and they came out to see what was going on, and they just saw it, you know, heavily involved in the back of the building, a lot of smoke coming out the front," March said.
The neighbors' response was apparently what led to the "disturbance" call to police, according to the fire chief.
All of the victims were found in the bedrooms and were believed to be asleep at the time of the fire. Two were in the back bedroom, one was in the middle bedroom, and three were in the front bedroom.
The fire is believed to have started in or near the kitchen and the investigation is first concentrating on the home's furnace and the kitchen stove as the possible origin.
Shirley Hornbostel, who lives about two houses away from the home that burned, said she heard the sirens this morning and looked outside. "I looked out my window and it was just in flames," she said. "Flames were coming out the roof and windows."
Hornbostel said the parents went to the hospital with a boy who suffered smoke inhalation. Hornbostel talked with the children's grandmother, who was outside on the street as investigators sifted through the rubble. "I felt like I owed her my sympathy," Hornbostel said. "She said four of my grandchildren are gone."
The grandmother told neighbors that investigators were looking at arson as a possibility because a gas can was found in the yard and the tires on two vehicles had been slashed.
The coroner declined to comment on the report of a gasoline can or slashed tires. "We're not releasing any information just yet," he said.
Randolph County Coroner Randy Dudenbostel confirmed Friday morning that the fire is considered suspicious. He has not yet released the names or ages of the fatalities.
KMOV-TV St. Louis has provided some raw video taken from their helicopter:
A WEST ALLIS, WISCONSIN, WOMAN is in police custody and facing possible charges following a Thursday afternoon fire at her home that killed three of her children.
Firefighters arrived at the burning house at 5:25 pm Thursday and found the house fully charged with smoke. Neighbors told them that four children resided there with their mother and a full search was initiated. The entire interior of the house was involved and the FF's were stymied at a second-floor bedroom that had a large hole already burned through the floor that prevented them immediate entry.
After the fire was knocked down, they were able to get into the isolated bedroom where they found the lifeless bodies of twin 4-yr.-old boys and their 5-yr.-old sister. Their mother Angelica Belen arrived at the house two hours later and through her they learned that her fourth child was visiting her estranged husband in another town.
Belen, 24, was taken into police custody yesterday (Friday) and is being held for questioning over the circumstances leading to the fire and her absence from the house when it started.
WITI-TV reported that Belen had been arrested and charged on March 28th for two other incidents involving her children. As a result, she was charged with six misdemeanor counts of neglecting a child. Belen is due in court on May 3rd in connection with this case.
A HOUSE FIRE SUNDAY NIGHT IN MACON County, Tennessee, killed the three elderly occupants and a 55-yr.-old neighbor who had entered the house in an attempt to rescue the occupants.
The fire was reported around 7 pm to the Lafayette Fire Department and the first-in units found the house fully involved.
The three residents are believed to be a married couple and the wife's sister. The Associated Press is reporting that authorities said the rescuer got the couple to the front door and went back looking for the wife's sister, but did not get out. Arriving firefighters were able to pull the couple from the burning home, but they did not survive. Firefighters later recovered the sister's body, but the neighbor is still missing in the rubble as the entire house has burned down.
WSMV-TV Ch. 4 Nashville filed this good video report from the scene:
AN INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA, MAN was rescued from his burning home Wednesday afternoon by the firefighters. The unidentified man in his 60's was found unconscious by the search team and brought out of the house suffering from burns and smoke inhalation. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition where he later died from his injuries.
Indianapolis FD photo
The Indianapolis Fire Department spokeswoman said that the fire began around 4 pm in the front part of the house and the victim was found about 10 feet from the rear door.
The well-advanced fire was already through the roof when the first units arrived, but it was knocked down after about an hour and caused approximately $100,000 in damage.
WXIN-TV filed the story plus a video report that includes fire footage HERE.
A HOUSE FIRE IN A SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS, single-family dwelling early this morning took the lives of four people. A fifth person was rescued via ladder by the firefighters from the blaze that was reported just before midnight.
AN OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA, FAMILY WAS DECIMATED Wednesday morning when a fire swept throught their house, trapping most of them inside.
Ch. 6 News
The Oklahoma City Fire Department received the alarm at 6:30 am and when the first units arrived on the scene they had fire showing from every window of the house. The FF's knew there were reports of children trapped, but had to knock the fire back before they could get inside to search. Once they did, they found the bodies of Jeanine Bonnett, 28, and her four children ages 8, 7, 5 and 3. A sixth person, a man in his thirties was found critically burned over his body and is in the hospital burn unit.
It was quickly determned by the fire investigator that the fire was started by a space heater that had been placed to closely to a sofa. There were no smoke detectors in the house. Fire Battalion Chief Randy Cornelius says that the presence of smoke alarms may very well have made the difference in saving lives in this case.
A HOUSE FIRE EARLY THURSDAY MORNING in Racine, Wisconsin, decimated a sleeping family leaving two of their four young children dead and two more in serious condition. The 12:45 am phone call to 9-1-1 was made by the distraught mother from inside the house and she told the dispatcher that her four children were inside also. She could hear them screaming, but could not get to them because of the fire.
City firefighters endured 20 minutes of blistering heat and intense smoke locating and rescuing the children.
Immediately after removing the last child, Racine Fire Chief Steve Hansen said four firefighters "literally dropped from (heat) exhaustion;" they were treated at the scene, then immediately returned to the house and continued battling the blaze. "They gave it everything that they possibly could to get those kids out of there," Hansen said. "This is an example of our firefighters going way above and beyond."
Two Racine police officers arrived on scene before firefighters and pushed down the front door to rescue Lemont Siller, 29, who the officers heard shouting from inside.
The children were transported to Wheaton-Franciscan Hospital where the two girls, age 8 and 9, died. The boys, 5 and 7, received initial emergency care before being transported to the Children’s Hospital in Wauwatosa.
Channel 6 filed this video report from the scene:
The investigators quickly determined that the fire started in a bathroom, but have not yet determined the cause. The house had no electricity.
ESSEX, ENGLAND, FIREFIGHTERS ARRIVED to find a house fully involved early Monday morning with reports of people trapped. One man was found outside in the front yard telling them that his family was still inside. The firefighters charged inside and managed to locate the man's wife and all five of their children and got them out of the house.
Unfortunately, the woman and three of the children had already died and despite full attempts at CPR none of them survived. Two other children were taken to the hospital where one of them later passed away from the fire injuries. The children's ages range from 3 to 13. Both parents are doctors and the family had just recently moved into the neighborhood.
Essex police say that they are treating the fire as "suspicious" without saying why, yet.
BBC News filed this video report from the scene:
The Guardian has a detailed report HERE. The Telegraph has more plus additional video HERE.
THREE PEOPLE HAVE DIED IN A HOUSE FIRE near Toronto in Whitby, Ontario, Sunday morning. The fire started shortly after midnight in a 1-½ story house that had been divided into apartments. The three victims were all in the basement unit and one of them apparently was the caller who reported the fire saying that they were trapped in the basement and could not get out.
The firefighters found the upper level of the house well involved on arrival and soon located the three victims, all of them already succumbed to the toxic atmosphere. They were transported to the hospital where they were later pronounced.
The three victims were residing in a basement apartment. Several other occupants, who lived on the main floor, were not home at the time.
"It was a single one and a half storey building made into apartments and it made things a little tight for the firefighters in terms of finding their way around,"Chief Michael Gerrard of the Whitby Fire Department told CP24 at the scene. "Things were a little slower than if it had of been a normal structure."
According to Durham Regional Police, the victims have been identified but their names are being witheld pending notification of next of kin.
The fire was knocked down in 30 minutes.
The investigators say that they expect to be on the scene until Tuesday working to determine the cause. They do not yet know if the house had working smoke detectors.
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A HEAVY FIRE TUESDAY MORNING IN SHENANDOAH, Pennsylvania, spread through four houses in the town center leaving a woman and four children dead in the same house. When the first fire unit arrived at 6:15 am there was already a well-involved fire in the house and had begun spreading along the rear of the neighboring homes.
The victims were a 29-yr.-old woman, her son age 10, and two nephews ages 7 months and 10 years. A second son age 8 escaped the fire but was hospitalized with smoke inhalation and burns.
The fire marshal is still investigating the cause of the fire and autopsies were scheduled for today for the victims. Very little other information has been released yet.
The Pottsville Republican-Herald has the STORY.
WFMZ-TV has more plus a good photo gallery HERE.
Hat tip: Carmine S.
Update, Wed. morning:
TamaquaArea has posted six videos from the incident operation:
Update, 5:30 pm: Details from afternoon press conference added.
Update #2: Ninth victim dies in hospital. Scroll down.
EIGHT MEMBERS OF AN EXTENDED FAMILY perished early Saturday morning in a Charleston, West Virginia, house fire. Six of the fatalities are children under the age of eight, according to early reports. Two adults perished also and two other residents were taken to the hospital for fire-related injuries. One of the injured is an adult woman and the other is an infant that is reported by the fire department as being on life support.
The call was received at 3:30 am for the 2-story wood frame home occupied by two sisters and their six children. Reportedly the surviving sister had escaped the flames and reported the fire.
Mayor Danny Jones addresses the press.
Charleston Mayor Danny Jones told the AP that the only smoke detector in the house was found inside a cabinet and was not operable. The fire officers believe that it had been burning for quite a while before it was reported.
There is no further information yet, but a press conference has been scheduled for 3 pm EDT. Firegeezer will try to get the report from that meeting and update this report.
The Charleston Daily Mail has the early report HERE.
UPDATE, 5:30 pm:
The mayor and other city officials held a press conference this afternoon addressing the deadly fire. Among the points they covered were:
The fire started in the front of the home on the first floor.
The cause is still unknown according to the fire investgator who added that there is no reason to suspect arson, but it has not been ruled out yet.
The fire units arrived approx. 4 minutes after the call, which was received at 3:23 am, and they found the house fully involved.
There was only one smoke detector in the home, and it was under a cabinet, not the correct placement for the device, Jones said. The city had tried to schedule an inspection of the home for Feb. 28, receiving permission from the landlord, identified by officials as Delores Shamblin of Mammoth, and an occupant of the home. However, when an inspector arrived, a child answered the door and said no adult was home at the time, Jones said. No inspection took place.
The Daily Mail has coverage of the press conference HERE.
Update, Monday March 26:
It has been announced that a ninth victim has died from the fire. A 7-yr.-old boy who had been carried out while an adult was fleeing the blaze, was taken off life-support at the hospital Sunday morning.
The Daily Mail has the latest REPORT HERE including this:
ATF investigators were searching the charred remains of the home by using a dog trained to detect accelerants. As of Sunday afternoon the dog had found none, Eggleton said.
He said firefighters also had not found any signs of arson in the two-story wood frame home. Firefighters believe the fire started in the front of the first level of the house.
AN EAST LIVERPOOL, OHIO, MAN AND his three young sons ages 5, 7, and 11 perished in a fire early Saturday morning.
The call was dispatched shortly after midnight and the firefighters saw the fire from the station as they pulled out less than two minutes later. On arrival they found the house well-involved and were unable to gain entry either through the ground floor or the 2nd-story windows. The intensity of the blaze and life-hazard led the fire chief to recall all nine of his off-duty firefighters.
WKBN-TV has the video report:
The Ohio State Fire Marshal's office is investigating the cause and why it spread so quickly. They have announced that they will not have a statement until Monday at the earliest. There has been no report on whether the FD found any smoke detectors in the structure.
KDKA-TV Pittsburgh has the report plus additional video HERE.
The fire sparked about 3 a.m. at 1407 Clinton Ave., one half of a duplex within a converted 130-year old former farmhouse on the corner of Laurel Avenue, authorities said
Flames were soon shooting through the home’s roof. "There was just so much heat and fire," said South Plainfield Deputy Fire Chief Lawrence DelNegro who added that firefighters who tried to enter through the first floor were quickly forced back outside.
Desperate to try to reach those trapped, firefighters put at least six ladders against second-story windows as flames shot from the first floor, DelNegro said. Firefighters smashed through second-floor windows but heat and flames still kept them from entering the home.
The ages of the four children who died are estimated to be 11 yrs. to toddler. There is no official confirmation on the victims names and ages, nor any early indication of the cause of the fire.
Neighbors are saying that the house was already well-involved when the FD arrived on the scene. The duplex unit was home to nine family members and the other four had managed to run out the front door before the flames took over the entire dwelling. The fire department is saying that the four survivors are the children's mother and three other siblings.
The fire chief says this was South Plainfield's worst (life loss) fire on record.
The firefighters were able to contain the fire to the one half of the duplex.
ROCHESTER, NEW YORK, FIREFIGHTERS RESPONDED to an outside fire around 1 am Saturday in a residential neighborhood. When they arrived on the scene they found a rubbish fire along the curb in front of a 2-story duplex house. While easily putting it out, some of the crew took a 360 around the house itself and heard smoke detectors sounding. Looking in the back door they saw furniture on fire. They went inside and attempted to go to the second floor bedrooms, but within a few seconds the house flashed over and the entire first floor became fully involved.
Monroe County Fire Wire / Guy Zamptori photo
Unable to make the stairs to the upper-floor apartment, a ladder was put to a window, but fire filled the second story as the FF's were just going inside. In the words of the battalion chief, they were enveloped in fire themselves and had to make a quick exit. Another crew with a hose line went through the front door and just inside found a woman and a child alive. They and two other people were taken to the hospital.
It was learned immediately after that four children were trapped and died on the second floor. Their ages were not yet available.
Monroe County Fire Wire / Guy Zamptori photo
The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle filed this video that includes
fire footage and an interview with the battalion chief:
WHAM-TV filed this report from the scene shortly after daybreak:
BRUCE TURCOTTE, 58, FIREFIGHTER AND FORMER CHIEF of the Hopelawn, New Jersey, Volunteer Fire Department passed away Thursday on the scene of a fatal house fire in Woodbridge. It was later determined that he had a heart attack while operating a pumper and died at the scene.
She parked her car a distance away, and saw firefighters scurrying to and fro, aiming fire hoses at the thick black clouds of smoke that obliterated the house from view.
That was when Sweeney passed one of the fire engines that, she thought, for a moment had a mannequin in the driver's seat. "That's strange. It's not real. The color is so odd," she thought for a moment.
"I almost wanted to touch him to see if he was real," she said, but in a second that thought fled as she worked her way to some of the firemen whose sole attention was on battling the blaze in front of them.
Sweeney pointed to the engine, hidden behind an ambulance whose EMS workers were treating some firefighters overcome by the smoke. "There's a man in there. He looks unconscious," she said.
The firemen looked at one another and in seconds, they had located Turcotte, dragged his body from the cab of the fire engine, and were furiously working to revive him.
Sweeney stepped back and watched in horror.
"They didn't know [that he was injured.] You couldn't see him from where they were fighting the fire. The ambulance blocked it. You had to be where I was," she said.
During the fire a body was discovered in the basement. Neighbors identified him as the former resident who had been evicted in November by a foreclosure notice. They believe he had been surreptitiously living in the house since then.
The Star-Ledger has more details HERE.
The Woodbridge Patch has MORE.
A FAMILY IN AACHEN, GERMANY, WAS DEVASTATED Wednesday afternoon when a fire ripped through their semi-detached house and burned alive three of their six children. The two parents and their 1-yr.-old son came out of the house but were unable to get to the other three who were trapped.
As smoke filled the house, anxious neighbors tried to get inside and go to the aid of the three, but lacking information on where they were located coupled with the heavy smoke conditions, they failed to reach them. The victims' ages, all boys, were 2, 4, and 6 years. Two older siblings, a boy, 8, and a girl, 9, were in school at the time and also survived.
After interviews and investigation, the police determined that the fire started in a second floor bedroom when the 3 boys were playing with matches or a lighter and set the bedding on fire. As the fire grew, the youngsters fled the room but instead of going downstairs they went up into an attic room where they became trapped and nobody knew where they were. The father tried to get upstairs with a fire extinguisher to rescue them, but he was overcome by the smoke and barely escaped himself. He was hospitalized for the smoke poisoning.
Aachen is located close to the Belgian border.
Kolner Stadt-Anzeiger has the full STORY.
WDR has more HERE.
AFP has an updated report HERE.
THE TRAGIC FIRE IN LANCASHIRE, ENGLAND, this past weekend that killed four siblings has been determined to be an arson. (See the Firegeezer report from Sunday HERE.) The fire began in a closet in one of the attic bedrooms where all four victims were sleeping. There was very little fire damage, but heavy smoke generated from the small fire. The coroner has reported that all four victims died from smoke inhalation.
This Wednesday the police arrested Dyson Allen, 18, on suspicion of murder and held him for questioning. He was released on bail today and is now at an undisclosed location out of the county while waiting to be recalled for further questioning. He is believed to be a friend of Reece Smith, 19, who was one of the fire fatalities.
This earlier candid photo of Dyson Allen
was released to the press.
The house had four smoke detectors installed, but none of them were working Saturday night at the time of the fire. Four-year-old twin girls and a 2-yr.-old boy also perished. The Daily Mail adds:
(Detective Chief Inspector Neil) Esseen added: 'Obviously, given that we now have a man under arrest, I cannot go into details about certain aspects of the investigation.
'However, what I would say is that we are at the very early stages of a major investigation and are following a number of different lines of inquiry. At this stage it is still unclear as to what happened in the lead-up to the fire starting.
'I would renew our appeal for anyone with information that could assist our inquiry to come forward. This is a tragic incident and our thoughts remain with the family at such a difficult time.'
The officer would not be drawn on whether the suspect in custody was a guest at the party held at the house on Saturday night.
ITN has posted DCI Esseen's press statement:
The Daily Mail has more details and an extensive photo display in their updated report HERE.
A HOUSE FIRE IN LANCASHIRE, ENGLAND, SATURDAY NIGHT took the lives of four siblings from a family of nine children and their mother.
There are no outward signs of fire damage in this Sky News photo.
The upper-floor bedrooms were extensively damaged and the
interior stairs were completely burned through.
The fire brigade was dispatched at 11:20 pm Saturday night with reports of people trapped and on arrival found what the fire officer described as, "…. quite a chaotic scene with a lot of people outside quite distressed." Firefighters were able to get in and remove the four victims quickly and a mass-CPR scene was started while awaiting the ambulances.
The family had been celebrating the 36-yr.-old mother's birthday earlier that evening and she escaped the blaze seemingly uninjured. The FD and police still are not sure how many people were in the 1-½ story bungalow at the time of the fire.
Killed were Reece Smith, 19, twins Holly and Ella Smith, 4, and Jordan Smith, 2. The BBC is reporting that a police spokesman said detectives were keeping an open mind as to what might have caused the fire. They are now carrying out a joint investigation with the fire service. The fire affected bedrooms of the house in the village, which is several miles west of Preston. From the outside there was no apparent damage caused by the blaze, but the scene has been cordoned off.
The Mirror has more details in a full report HERE.
The Daily Mail has more along with additional photos HERE.
Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service WEBSITE.
THE SMALL TOWN OF SICAMOUS, BRITISH COLUMBIA, is feeling the loss of a father and his two young sons after a fire swept through their mobile home Sunday evening. The fire broke out around 7 pm and quickly engulfed the home killing the 28-yr.-old man and his two sons ages 3 and 4.
The mother was at work at the time and raced home to find the terrible scene. Sicamous is a small, tight-knit community and any loss like this hits them all.
The fire investigator says that there is no reason to consider the fire suspicious.
The Province has the details HERE.
CFJC-TV has a good video report HERE.
AN "INTENSE" FIRE SWEPT THROUGH A 2-story home in NW London (UK) early Saturday morning killing six of the eight family members sleeping inside. The first fire brigade units arrived within four minutes of the alarm and found the house fully involved and several neighbors outside informing them that there were people inside. The immediate task was a combined search and rescue with supporting hose lines as 30 firefighters were sent to the incident. The fire alarm was dispatched at 12:50 am and the fire was marked under control at 2:50 am.
Press Association photo
The firefighters rescued two people who were still alive and also carried out a small child who did not respond to resuscitation.
The six fatalities include the mother, age 41, three young children ages 2, 5, and 9, and two teen-age children ages 13 and 14. The father, age 51 and another teenage girl age 16 have been taken to the hospital where they are in critical condition suffering from burns and smoke inhalation.
Sky News filed this video report:
The cause of the fire is still not known and an 4-pronged investigation is already underway. The family are Palestinian refugees, but the police say there is no indication that the fire was deliberately set.