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Pictures: Toddlers rescued after house fire suspected arson attack

The police have sealed off the house following the suspected arson attack Credit: ITV Central

Two young children were rescued from a house fire in Birmingham after a suspected arson attack.

Police arrived in Halesowen around 1.00am today to find the mother in the road frantically screaming that her children were inside.

The house is boarded up after the fire took hold inside the property Credit: ITV Central

A girl, 5, and boy, 3, were carried from the house on Elizabeth Road by police, firefighters and a neighbour.

Both children were treated in hospital for smoke inhalation but were not seriously hurt in what police say was "almost a tragedy".

Fire-damaged belongings from inside shows the extent of the blaze Credit: ITV Central

A 36-year-old man was arrested from another address in Halesowen a short while later and is being questioned on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life.

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Toddlers "lucky to be alive" after suspected house fire arson

Two young children were rescued from a house fire in Birmingham after a suspected arson attack.

Police arrived in Halesowen around 1.00am today to find the mother in the road frantically screaming that her children were inside.

A girl, 5, and boy, 3, were carried from the house on Elizabeth Road by police, firefighters and a neighbour.

Both children were treated in hospital for smoke inhalation but were not seriously hurt in what police say was "almost a tragedy".

A 36-year-old man was arrested from another address in Halesowen a short while later and is being questioned on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life.

Detective Inspector Gary Dring who is leading the investigation said the front door was set alight:

“We could easily have been dealing this morning with the tragic deaths of two young children, but thankfully they were pulled from the house before the fire was able to really take hold. They are lucky to be alive."

– Detective Inspector Gary Dring

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Three people seriously injured after house fire

Three people have been seriously injured overnight while escaping a fire at their home in Gnosnall, Staffordshire.

It happened at a house on Monks Walk at around 1.45am. A woman, believed to be in her 40s, and two men, both believed to be in their late teens, had suffered serious smoke inhalation.

“The woman and one of the men had also suffered serious multiple leg injuries after jumping from upstairs windows to escape the fire.

“All three received emergency treatment at the scene for their serious injuries and their conditions were stabilised.

“All three were transferred by ambulance to University Hospital North Staffordshire for further emergency treatment. The hospital had been pre alerted to the patient’s arrival and their serious injuries.

“It is believed a smoke alarm in the property alerted the family to the fire.

“We would encourage all households to have a working smoke alarm as they can prove invaluable in alerting the occupants of a house to a potential fire, and ultimately save lives.”

– West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesperson
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