Three children die in suspected arson attack on house in Salford

Emergency services at the scene

Police have launched a murder investigation into the deaths of the 14-year-old girl, eight-year-old boy and seven-year-old girl.

On Monday afternoon, nearby Harrop Fold School - where Demi was a pupil - tweeted a statement from executive headteacher Drew Povey.

He said: "We are devastated at the tragic loss of life today in our community. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family involved". Their condition is not known. We are all just in shock.

The horror blaze ripped through a home in Salford, Greater Manchester, in the early hours of yesterday morning.

In what is such a heartbreaking set of circumstances, we have been doing our very best to support the family in every way that we can and carry out our enquiries quickly and sensitively.

The injured child, a girl aged three, and her mother are fighting for their lives in hospital.

"We now have specially-trained officers with the family to help them through this devastating time".

Tearful locals stood at the edges of cordons
Tearful locals stood at the edges of cordons

Chief Superintendent Miller called on the suspect to "give himself up", adding that "he knows who he is".

"We have a full team of detectives working on this case and now believe this be a targeted attack on the house after collecting CCTV from the area". The three-year-old girl was described as being in a critical condition.

"I can not imagine what their family are going through, they are obviously completely devastated, the loss of a child in any circumstances is unthinkable; to lose three in such deplorable circumstances, words can not describe". We need the public's help to find the answers the family deserve.

So far, six people have been arrested in connection with the attack. "Our thoughts are with the loved ones of those who died and the firefighters who attended this tragic incident".

There are also reports that two teenagers managed to escape the blaze.

Due to the previous interaction with the family, the force has referred itself to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

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