Murder investigation after fire

A house fire that claimed the life of a Birmingham woman, and left her daughter with 40% burns, is being treated as arson.

Forensics investigations into yesterday’s blaze in Cateswell Road, Tyseley, have confirmed it was started deliberately.

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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.

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