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Mother 'would've been too frightened to jump' from fire

The great grandmother of a young mum who died in a house fire along with her baby daughter has told ITV News she "would have been too frightened to jump."

Jean Smith's great granddaughter and great great granddaughter died in the fire Credit: ITV News Central

Jean Smith laid flowers at the scene of Sunday's fatal fire in Langley Mill, Derbyshire.

Amy Smith, 17, her three-week-old daughter Ruby-Grace and 17-year-old Edward Green died in the blaze.

Fatal house fire: 'We'll sadly miss them' - Grandfather

The grandfather of a young mother who died in a house fire along with her baby daughter has told ITV News he will "sadly miss them".

Trevor Smith was speaking at the scene of the fire in Langley Mill where he had come to lay flowers.

Read More: Three men arrested on suspicion of murder after fatal house fire

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Three men arrested 'known to fatal flat fire mum'

Three men arrested on suspicion of murder after a fatal flat fire killed a mother, her baby and a family friend in Derbyshire, were known to at least one of the victims, ITV News understands.

The arrests come after neighbours reported disturbances in the street the day before the blaze which killed Amy Smith, 17, her six-month-old daughter Ruby-Grace Gaunt, and Edward Green, also 17, in Langley Mill.

Police have confirmed a 17-year-old youth rescued from the blaze by neighbours, along with the baby's 18-year-old father Shaun Gaunt, was not among those arrested.

A 17-year-old youth from Long Eaton has been arrested on suspicion of murder along with a 43-year-old and a 21-year-old from Sandiacre. Two of the men are understood to be related to each other.

Police and fire crews are continuing to investigate whether the fire was started deliberately.

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Granddad of young mum: They were just loveable children

Flowers left at the scene of the fatal fire Credit: Ben Chapman

The grandfather of a 17-year-old girl who died in a flat fire with her baby daughter in Derbyshire has paid tribute to the "loveable children" as he laid flowers at the scene today.

Amy Smith and her six-month-old daughter Ruby-Grace Gaunt, died in the blaze at her home in Langley Mill along with family friend Edward Green, also 17.

Well-wishers have left flowers and cuddly toys at the scene of the fatal fire Credit: Ben Chapman

Trevor Smith, who laid flowers at the scene along with his mother and Amy's great grandmother Jean, said: "We're going to miss them all. They were just loveable children.

"I've watched them all growing up and we're going to sadly miss all of them. We're just devastated."

Balloons, flowers and cuddly toys line the bottom of the block of flats Credit: Ben Chapman

Jean said baby Ruby had suffered from a hole in the heart.

She said: "I think she'd (Amy) be too frightened to jump because of the baby. If she'd have jumped and the baby had got hurt she'd never have forgiven herself."

Fatal house fire: Three arrested on suspicion of murder

Three men have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a young mother, her baby daughter and a family friend died in a house fire in Derbyshire.

Three people died in the house fire in Langley Mill on Sunday Credit: ITV News

The trio who died in the blaze on North Street in Langley Mill on Sunday have been named as 17-year-old Amy Smith, her six-month-old daughter Ruby-Grace Gaunt, and 17-year-old friend Ed Green.

A 17-year-old from Long Eaton and a 21-year-old and 43-year-old from Sandiacre were all arrested late last night on suspicion of murder, Derbyshire Police said.

The three men remain in custody and are being questioned.

The cause of the fire is still unknown and the possibility that it was started deliberately is just one of many lines of inquiry we are pursuing at this time.

These arrests do not mark the end of the investigation, far from it. I would still urge anyone with information to come forward and speak to us.

– Assistant Chief Constable Martyn Bates

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Fire service provide community support after fatal fire

Firefighters in Derbyshire will be out in the Langley Mill community today reassuring residents and offering safety advice, after a house fire killed two teenagers and a baby on Sunday.

Three people died in the house fire in Langley Mill on Sunday Credit: ITV News Central

They will be visiting homes on North Street where the fire happened and the surrounding area.

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service has issued the following fire safety advice:

  • Have a working smoke alarm on every level of your home
  • Check your smoke alarms regularly
  • Have a planned and practiced escape route that everyone in your home is aware of

Petition calls for Download Festival's main stage to be named after security guard who died

Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer and Paul Stanley of Kiss performing live on day 3 of Download festival on June 14, 2015 in Donnington Park, United Kingdom Credit: Katja Ogrin/PA Showbiz/Press Association Images

A petition to have the main stage at next year's Download Festival named after a security guard who died at the event two weeks ago has gathered one thousand signatures.

Alan Saunderson's body was found at Donington park three days after the festival ended.

He had been working as part of the event's security team.

The cause of his death is currently unknown.

'Too early to say' if Derbyshire fire was deliberate

Derbyshire Fire Service has released a statement on the Derbyshire house fire that killed three in the early hours of this morning.

The Derbyshire Fire Service reported the first call they received was to advise of a car on fire, and within minutes there was another call to say a house was on fire.

"We're not ruling out where the fire started at the moment but the investigation should help identify that."

– Gavin Tomlinson, Assistant Chief Fire Officer
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