An eight-year-old girl and a 33-year-old woman have died after a house fire – with a five-year-old boy left seriously injured, police say.
A 34-year-old man is also being treated for serious injuries in hospital following the devastating blaze in Collingham, Nottinghamshire.
A 53-year-old woman was led to safety after the tragedy this morning, with police believing all five people were part of the same family.
Police and fire crews were called to Woodhill Road in the village near Newark this morning, Nottinghamshire Live reports.
They remained at the scene this afternoon. An air ambulance was also reportedly spotted – although this has not been confirmed.
Nottinghamshire Police confirmed a girl and woman sadly died.
Area Chief Inspector Rich Stapleford, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “This morning our fire and rescue colleagues were able to remove five people from a property affected by fire.
“Ambulance crews were on scene and provided emergency care at the scene and on route to hospital.
“Despite their best efforts it is with sadness that I confirm a girl aged eight and a woman aged 33 have died following the incident.
“A five-year-old boy and a 34-year-old man remain in hospital with serious injuries.
“A 53-year-old woman was led to safety and looked after at the scene.
“It is believed that all five people were members of the same family.
“The fire was brought under control and a joint fire and police investigation is taking place to establish a cause.
“Collingham is a very close knit community and this includes some of the fire crews who responded.
"I know this news will hit the village very hard indeed.
"I speak on behalf of all the emergency services who were in attendance when I say our thoughts are with the victims, their families, friends and the community of Collingham at this difficult time.”
Six police cars are believed to have been called to the incident, along with several paramedics and firefighters.
Neighbour Vera Routledge said: “There were a lot of emergency services outside.
"It was ambulance, fire and police. I could smell the smoke. A mum, dad, two children and a granny live there. I don’t see a lot of them as they keep themselves to themselves.”
Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said crews were called to the scene shortly after 7am.
The spokesman said: We were called to a house fire in Woodhill Road, Collingham. There is no indication into the cause at this time.
"One appliance from Collingham, two from Newark, one from Southwell and a command support unit from Mansfield were all sent to the scene.
"We remain on scene doing a joint investigation with police."
A Nottinghamshire spokesman said earlier today: "Emergency services were called just after 7am this morning (Saturday, December 15) to reports of a fire in Woodhill Road, Collingham.
"The fire has been extinguished.
"A section of the street is currently blocked to allow for a joint fire and police investigation to take place."
Anyone with any information which may help investigations is asked to call Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting incident 189 of December 15.
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