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WATCH: Man and woman appear in court accused of Walkden murders

7-year-old Lacie Pearson, 8-year-old Brandon Pearson and 14-year-old Demi Pearson died in the fire on Monday. Photo: MEN Syndication

A man and a woman accused of murdering three children in a house fire have made their first appearance in court.

Zac Bolland, 23, and Courtney Brierley, 20, both from Worsley, have been charged with three counts of murder, four counts of attempted murder and one count of arson with intent to endanger life.

Demi Pearson, 14, was pronounced dead at the scene, while her eight-year-old brother Brandon and seven-year-old sister Lacie later died in hospital.

The children's 35-year-old mother, Michelle Pearson, and three-year-old sister, are in a serious condition in hospital.

Two 16-year-old boys were able to escape the property.

A third person, a man, is also in police custody after being arrested on suspicion of the murder of the three children and the attempted murder of Michelle and her youngest child.

Emergency services were called to the mid-terraced house in Jackson Street just before 5am on Monday.

Police confirmed there had been "earlier incidents" at the address and said the force had made a self-referral to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Tim Scott reports:

A crowdfunding page has been set up for the family.

Anyone with any information should contact police on 0161 856 8797, or call 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.