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Police name young mum and daughter who died in blaze

Amy Smith Credit: Facebook
Ruby Gaunt Credit: ITV News

Police have named a young mother who died alongside her baby daughter and a family friend in a house fire in Derbyshire.

Investigations are continuing into the cause of the blaze, which killed Amy Smith, 17 and her daughter six and a half month-old Ruby Gaunt, at their flat in Langley Mill.

Family friend Edward Green, 17, from Belper, also died in the fire.

Ed Green Credit: Facebook

The baby's father Shaun Grant is believed to be in hospital after being rescued from the blaze along with another man by neighbours.

Tributes paid to mother, baby and friend who died in fire

Tributes have been paid to a young mother, her baby daughter and a family friend while police continue to investigate the cause of a house fire which claimed their lives.

Fire crews at the scene of the blaze on Sunday Credit: ITV News Central

The trio, named locally as Amy Smith, 17; her six month old daughter Ruby Gaunt, and friend Ed Green, died in the fire at a block of flats in Langley Mill, Derbyshire in the early hours of Sunday.

The baby's father Shaun Grant is believed to be in hospital after being rescued from the blaze.

Writing on a tribute site set up for the victims, friend Jodie Mee said: "Rest in peace girls and Ed, Heaven has gained two beautiful girls and a strong boy. Thoughts go out to their family and all the people who knew them.

"(They're) in a safe place now, Ruby will be in mummy's arms and Ed will be standing by them both. Fly high beautifuls, sleep tight."

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'Too early to say' if Derbyshire fire was deliberate

Derbyshire Fire Service has released a statement on the Derbyshire house fire that killed three in the early hours of this morning.

The Derbyshire Fire Service reported the first call they received was to advise of a car on fire, and within minutes there was another call to say a house was on fire.

"We're not ruling out where the fire started at the moment but the investigation should help identify that."

– Gavin Tomlinson, Assistant Chief Fire Officer

Police: Deadly Derbyshire house fire 'unexplained'

Police investigating a fire which killed three people in Derbyshire in the early hours of this morning are treating the blaze as an "unexplained" incident, a senior officer has said.

Chief Inspector Pete Szabo also told ITV News that it is too early to be able to identify the cause of the blaze.

Father 'threw son out of window on to mattress' to save him from blaze

A neigbour of the the home which succumbed to a blaze in the early hours of this morning killing three said he saw a father throw his son out of a window to save him from the blaze.

Neighbour Paul Barber said: "We went around to the said of the property and see the people still trapped in the property. One of out neigbours actually threw his son out of the window on to a mattress to get him to safety and a couple of other people ran around to get some ladders, to put up to property for people to climb out of."

Neighbour: People were screaming 'there's a fire, get out'

A neighbour has described the moment he spotted a 'big glow' next door before he heard people scream "there's a fire, get out" in a blaze that claimed three lives in Derbyshire in the early hours of this morning.

We just saw this big glow, and we heard people screaming 'there's a fire, get out'. We rushed around and grabbed the dogs rushed out. The car to my side was ablaze.

– Neighbour Paul Barber

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Police treating Langley Mill fatal fire as 'unexplained'

Fire investigation dogs are at the scene of the fire on North Street Credit: ITV News Central

Police and firefighters say they are treating a fire which killed three people in Langley Mill last night as 'unexplained.'

"Investigating officers say they are keeping an open mind as to the cause of the fire and have not ruled anything out at this early stage in the inquiry.

"Police are not in a position to give any further details of those who died in the fire as they are still tracing family members."

– Derbyshire Police statement

Firefighters: Thoughts with families over 'tragic' deaths

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service (DFRS) said that two people at the property affected by the fire and a further three residents from adjacent flats had been able to escape. One fire appliance was sent after the service was initially called at 3.59am to a car fire on North Street.

Firefighters: Thoughts with families over tragic' deaths. Credit: ITV News

A further three were mobilised following a call two minutes later reporting the house fire. A DFRS spokeswoman said: "Tragically one male, one female and a female infant were unable to escape the fire and have been pronounced dead at the scene. "Our thoughts and sympathies go out to the family and friends of the deceased."

Neighbours battled to help people trapped in house fire

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Neighbours of the house which caught fire this morning, killing three people, have described how they battled to help those stuck inside before emergency services arrived.

One man, who did not wish to be named, told the Derby Telegraph: "There were about 20 of us fetching ladders to reach the floors and we managed to get some people out."

Meanwhile John Dunkley, a watch manager with Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service, tweeted: "Terrible night shift. Thoughts with all personnel from all emergency services involved at Langley Mill this morning."

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