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Boy, 11, killed in house fire named

11-year-old Cem was killed in the blaze in Lancaster. Credit: Lancashire Police

An 11-year-old boy has died in an "unexplained" house fire.

The body of Cem Bora was found at an address in Coniston Road, Lancaster, following a blaze which broke out at about 4.50am on Sunday.

Emergency services were called to the property to reports that three people were trapped inside.

An 18-year-old man and a 12-year-old boy had escaped before firefighters arrived.

The 18-year-old was taken to Royal Lancaster Infirmary, with his injuries not thought to be serious.

The 12-year-old is being treated at Liverpool's Alder Hey Hospital, where he is described as "extremely poorly", although police say his condition is thought to be stable.

It is understood that Cem, also of Coniston Road, was sleeping at his friend's house at the time of the fire.

This incident has taken a young boy from his family and our thoughts, first and foremost, are with them. I can only send them our deepest condolences at this devastating time.

“We are currently treating the fire as unexplained and our joint investigation with Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service is very much ongoing.

“We would now like to thank the local community for their patience while we remain at the address, where we are expected to have a scene on for several more days.”

– Detective Superintendent Steve Pemberton, Lancashire Police