Devastation as girl, 10, found dead in house after fire

Police at the scene of a fatal fire in Bradford, in which a child has tragically died
Police at the scene on Sunday -Credit:PA

A 10-year-old girl has died in a house fire in West Yorkshire. The horror happened in Bradford at around 1am in the early hours of this morning (Sunday).

Emergency services reached to the scene after a blaze broke out at a property on Kingsdale Drive in the north of the city. A woman, aged 37, and three children, aged 11, six and three, had all managed to escaped the building burning and were taken to hospital.

Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, West Yorkshire Police said. A fourth child, a 10-year-old girl, was sadly found inside the house and pronounced dead at the scene, the force added.

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The house remained sealed off on Sunday, Yorkshire Live reports, while an upstairs window appeared to have been either kicked out or forced out by the fire.

Devastated neighbours have placed flowers at the scene and told the website that the children had been playing outside just hours before the tragedy. One said: “I’m devastated to hear there’s been a tragedy."

Another local mum said she had seen the children previously playing in the garden and was shocked to hear what had happened. “It’s really sad especially after having seen them playing out.”

A neighbour, who was placing flowers at the scene, said she was woken by her dogs and saw the bedroom was on fire. “I said that’s the girls bedroom - I shouted to the fire brigade. I didn’t know they had got three out already.

Police say they are not treating the fire as suspicious -Credit:PA
Police say they are not treating the fire as suspicious -Credit:PA

The fire brigade went straight in." The woman’s neighbour added: “I’m absolutely gutted - it’s my daughter’s friend.”

Police investigating the house fire have confirmed that the fire is not being treated as suspicious. West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said it sent three crews, two from Bradford and one from Shipley, which used two hose reels and four breathing apparatus at the scene.

Detective Chief Inspector Zaheer Abbas of Bradford District Police said: “This is an absolutely tragic incident in which a young child has lost her life, our thoughts are with her family at this time. Our investigation with the fire service has deemed that the fire was not suspicious.

“The family are being supported by specially trained officers, a file will now be prepared for the coroner in due course.”

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