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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