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Stafford House Fire: Schoolchildren write heartfelt messages to family

Children at a school in Rugeley were so saddened by the news that four children had died in a house fire in nearby Stafford, that they wanted to do something to show their support.

Children write messages of support. Credit: Churchfield C.E. Primary Academy

They have written messages and handmade cards for the four childrens' schools. They also organised a charity non-uniform day. In a letter to parents, they explained that all donations would go to the family affected by the fire.

Messages will be sent in handmade cards to the four children's schools. Credit: Churchfield C.E. Primary Academy

Our school community was deeply saddened by the heartbreaking loss of four children, and felt there were things that we could do to show the family, friends and schools of the children that our thoughts and sympathy are with them at this time.

If we can help in even the smallest way as a school then that’s what we will do. Prayers were said by our children and we will continue to keep the family in our thoughts throughout this awful time.

– Gemma Hall, Year 6 teacher

Four children aged between three and eight died following the house fire in Sycamore Lane in the Highfields area of Stafford in the early hours of Tuesday.

The children who died have not been formally identified but have been named locally as Riley Holt, aged eight, Keegan Unitt, six, four-year-old Tilly Rose Unitt, and Olly Unitt, three.

A fifth child escaped from a first-floor window along with his mother and her partner.

Four children died in the fire at the house Credit: BPM

A man and woman have been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter by gross negligence.