• Four children have died following a house fire in Stafford in the early hours of this morning.

  • Police have named them as Riley Holt, aged eight, Keegan Unitt, aged six, Tilly Rose Unitt, aged four, and Olly Unitt, aged three.

  • The cause of the fire has not yet been established.

  • Neighbours have described hearing explosions which sounded like fireworks.

The children who died in the house fire in the early hours of this morning have not been formally identified, but police say they are believed to be Riley Holt, aged eight, Keegan Unitt, aged six, Tilly Rose Unitt, aged four, and Olly Unitt, aged three.

A two-year-old survived the blaze along with his mother, Natalie Unitt, and her partner. They are being treated in hospital.

The house has a huge hole in its roof and blackened walls, and smoke was still drifting from the roof this morning.

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Emergency services were called to the address at 2.40am.

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The fire is believed to have started at the rear of the house although the fire service are yet to confirm the cause.

A serious house fire in Sycamore Lane. Credit: ITV Central

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are examining the house, as an investigation into the cause of the fire begins, police said.

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Neighbours have described hearing explosions,

I was asleep when we all heard the explosion, myself, wife and dog.

Neighbour

Mourners have been leaving flowers.

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Two paramedic officers, three ambulances, the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team, the MERIT trauma team and a BASICS emergency doctor attended the scene along with police and fire colleagues.

Three occupants, two adults and a child, had managed to get out of the property.

West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman

The local MP Jeremy Lefroy has tweeted his sympathies to all those affected.

Staffordshire County Council say,

I was shocked to hear the terrible news of the deaths of four children in the heart of our community.

Philip Atkins, Leader of Staffordshire County Council