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Inquest hears cause of death of four children in Stafford house fire not yet known

  • A provisional inquest was set today for July
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The cause of death of the four children killed in a house fire in Stafford has yet to be established, it was revealed today as an inquest opened.

Riley Holt, eight, Keegan Unitt, six, Tilly Rose Unitt, four, and three-year-old Olly Unitt died in the blaze in Sycamore Lane, Highfields, Stafford, on February 5.

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South Staffordshire's assistant coroner Margaret Jones officially opened the inquests into the deaths of the four children, confirming all of them had been formally identified.

More than £30,000 raised for the family of the four children is to be put into a trust to help their surviving brother.

The trustees say that their first priority is to make sure money is made available to support any funeral and memorial costs.

The boy was taken to hospital after escaping from a first-floor window with his mother Natalie Unitt and her partner Chris Moulton.

They did not attend the brief two-minute hearing at Burton Town Hall.

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A 24-year-old woman and a man aged 28 who were arrested on suspicion of gross negligence manslaughter have been bailed by police.

A provisional inquest date for all four children was set for July 11 this year.