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Girl dies in children's home fire

A teenage girl in care has died in a fire at a children's home in Shropshire.

The fire took place on Saturday night at the Bryn Melyn Care home in the remote village of Bagley Marsh, her two professional carers were unharmed.

The teenager was pronounced dead at the scene and is yet to be formally identified. Police are treating her death as unexplained.

The managing director of the private company which runs the home said:

"Our thoughts go out in particular to her family and friends, as well as the care, education and clinical staff who have worked so closely with her during her time with us.

"We have instigated a full internal review and will be cooperating fully with all the relevant local emergency services and Ofsted to ensure that this terrible event is investigated thoroughly and the cause of the fire established."

– Steve Nevitt, Managing Director

Statement from Cllr Rachel Andrew of Walsall Council said:

"We would wish to express our deep sympathy with the family and friends of the young woman who died in a fire at Bagley Marsh residential home yesterday.

"The young woman was looked after by the local authority and was placed at Bagley Marsh, an independent residential provider in Shropshire.

"We are offering support to her family and working with the police and other agencies in the investigation."

– Cllr Rachel Andrew the portfolio holder for children's services

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