Police and fire officers investigating the cause of a house fire in Sheffield which left five members of the same family dead say the blaze was probably caused by an electrical fault involving a faulty charger.
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A Sheffield house fire that killed three generations of the same family was most probably caused by a faulty charger, police have said.
South Yorkshire Police said in a statement: "Following a joint investigation, South Yorkshire Police and South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue have found that the most probable cause of the fatal house fire in Wake Road, Nether Edge, Sheffield, was an electrical fault involving a faulty charging device.
"However, the investigation continues on behalf of the coroner, and a full inquest into the deaths of the three children and two women will take place at a future date."
More than 5,000 people paid their respects today at the funeral of five members of the same family who were killed in a fire in Sheffield.
Two brothers, aged nine and seven, and their nine-week-old sister were among the victims. Today, their aunt paid an emotional tribute to them, saying she'll cherish their precious memories with a heavy heart. David Hirst reports.
The funeral cortège for the five victims of the devastating fire at their home at Nether Edge in Sheffield ten days ago, has arrived at the Medina mosque a mile away.
Several thousand people are expected to attend the funeral at 2.30 this afternoon for the three children, aged nine, seven and nine weeks, their 20-year-old aunt and their grandmother, who went back into the house at Wake Road to try and save them.
All 5 will be buried at a ceremony at the City Road cemetery at half past three.
Investigators are still working to establish the cause of the fatal fire in Nether Edge, Sheffield, in which five people died earlier this week.
South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue and South Yorkshire Police are together investigating the tragic blaze in Wake Road which broke out on April 28.
Investigators say they do not know how long it will take to get answers. The outer cordon at the scene has been reduced, but an inner cordon remains in place while the investigative process continues.
Sheffield District Commander David Hartley said: "We owe it to the family of those who died in this tragic blaze to investigate the cause of this fire as thoroughly as we can, in order to give them the answers that they need and deserve.
"This is, understandably, a thorough and complex process which needs to be carried out in scrupulous detail and cannot be rushed."