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Man arrested in connection with fatal fire unfit to be interviewed

The fire happened in the early hours on 17th April in Tyseley

A man who was arrested in connection with a deadly house fire that killed a 52-year-old woman and left her teenage daughter with 40 per cent burns to her body is unfit to be interviewed.

West Midlands Police said the 56-year-old man, who was detained as part of the investigation into the fatal blaze in the Tyseley area of Birmingham, has been assessed by mental health experts and taken to a secure health facility.

Detectives launched a murder inquiry last Thursday after forensic examinations of the scene, on Cateswell Road, confirmed that the fire had been started deliberately.

A post mortem examination has confirmed that the woman died as a result of smoke inhalation.

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Police wait to speak to family about house fire

Police in Birmingham say they are waiting to speak to the people who lived in a house in Tyseley after a fire broke out at their home overnight. A woman in her fifties died and five others are being treated for burns.

Fire crews were called out to Cateswell Road at 5am.

"It's understood a family live at the address but all the occupants are still in hospital being treated for their injuries and, as yet, we haven’t been able to speak to them about the fire."

– Chief Inspector Helen Kirkman, West Midlands Police

Unclear how house fire in Birmingham started

The house on Cateswell Road in Tysley, Birmingham Credit: ITV News Central

A woman in her fifties has died and a 16-year-old girl remains critically ill in hospital after suffering serious burns in a house fire in Birmingham.

The fire started at the mid-terraced property on Cateswell Road, Tyseley, at around 5am this morning. Another woman in her twenties is also being treated for very serious burns.

Two other women, believed to be aged 27 and 29, are being treated injuries after they jumped from a first floor window to escape. A man in his fifties suffered superficial burns.

Birmingham East Police Chief Inspector Helen Kirkman, said: “A joint investigation is now underway between the police and experts from the Fire Investigation Team to establish how it started."

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Birmingham Fire: Ambulance statement

Sadly it quickly became apparent to crews that nothing could be done to save one occupant, a woman, and she was confirmed deceased on scene.

Five other people were out of the property and needed medical help.

A teenage girl sustained approximately 70% burns to her body. Due to her critical injuries, the doctor sedated the girl on scene in order to stabilise her condition and to enable crews to fully assess and begin treating her burns. The girl was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham; the doctor travelled with the girl to hospital.

– West Midlands Ambulance Service

The Ambulance Service also confirmed a 26 year old woman sustained around 50% burns to her back, legs and arms and has been taken to the QE hospital.

A woman believed to be in her 20s, who had reportedly jumped from a window, had leg, pelvis, shoulder and neck injuries. "

– West Midlands Ambulance Service

A fourth woman, believed to be in her 20s, sustained minor leg and shoulder injuries and a 55 year old man had minor burns to his face and hands. Both were treated by crews before being taken to Heartlands Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

Location of fatal fire in Birmingham

One person has died following a fire at a house in Cateswell Road, Springfield Credit: ITV News Central

Firefighters are damping down at the scene of a house fire in Birmingham in which one person has died. The fire service have told ITV News Central that a mixture of adults and teenagers were rescued, some jumped from a first floor window.

One person is seriously injured, four others are being treated for minor injuries.