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Teachers pay tribute to three children killed in Salford house fire

Seven-year-old Lacie Pearson, eight-year-old Brandon Pearson, and 14-year-old Demi Pearson all died after the fire. Photo: MEN

The headteachers of two Walkden schools have paid tribute to the three children who died following a house fire.

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

The children's mother, Michelle Pearson, is in a serious condition in hospital while a fourth sibling, a three-year-old girl, is critically ill.

Demi was a pupil at Harrop Fold School in Salford, which featured in the Channel 4 documentary Educating Greater Manchester.

Drew Povey, head teacher, Harrop Fold school, said:

"We are all truly devastated by the loss of precious life that our community has recently suffered. Words seem inadequate in these tragic circumstances.

“In these darkest of times, we unite and support our students and their families. Team Harrop mourns alongside the relatives and friends of those whose lives were needlessly and mercilessly taken from them. The spirit of Salford cannot and will not be crushed. We will work together to comfort and rebuild those lives that have been forever changed.”

– Drew Povey, Headteacher Harrop Fold School

Emma Henderson, head teacher at Bridgewater Primary school said:

“We are all shocked and deeply saddened by the tragic events that occurred yesterday.

“Our school is very much part of this special community and understands the intense pain experienced at this senseless loss of precious life. We are consoling our pupils and their families and send our deepest sympathies and prayers to all those affected.”

– Emma Henderson, Headteacher Bridgewater Primary School

Greater Manchester Police said three men, aged 23, 20 and 18, and a 20-year-old woman have been arrested on suspicion of murder.

A 24-year-old man is also being questioned in custody on suspicion of assisting an offender.