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30th January 2023

South London House Fire Kills 4 Children Under 5-Years

South London House Fire Kills 4 Children Under 5-Years
South London House Fire Kills 4 Children Under 5-Years (Picture: UKNIP)

A South London house fire on Thursday night, saw about four children who are said to be under 5-years-old dead.

According to reports by Metro UK, eight fire engines and around 60 firefighters were called to the scene of the South London house fire at Collingwood Road in Sutton.

The first crews on scene were faced with the whole of the ground floor on fire.

Firefighters in breathing apparatus went into the mid-terrace house and brought the four children, believed to all be part of the same family, out of the property.

They were given immediate CPR by firefighters at the scene, who continued to give treatment until London Ambulance Service crews arrived.

A spokesperson for London Fire Brigade while speaking on the South London house fire said the children were taken to hospital where, ‘tragically and despite the efforts of all involved, they were pronounced deceased.

The cause of the South London house fire is under investigation and there have been no arrests.

London Fire Commissioner Andy Roe said: ‘This is an incident that has left everyone numb with profound sadness. My thoughts are with the family and friends of the children, the whole local community and all those who will be affected by this fire.

‘Fire crews arrived quickly and located the children inside the property. They were brought out of the house and given immediate emergency care. The welfare of our staff involved in this incident is very important to us and all of them will be offered counselling as a priority.’

The Brigade was called at 6.55 pm and the fire was under control by 8.36 pm, with firefighters from Sutton and surrounding fire stations at the scene.

The Metropolitan Police said that the next of kin are aware and will be provided with specialist support.

Road closures are in place and emergency services remain at the scene.

Superintendent Rob Shepherd said: ‘The thoughts of everyone at the South Area Command Unit are with the family and friends of these four young children, who have suffered such a devastating and tragic loss tonight. I know these sentiments will be shared by the local community, Sutton and London as a whole.

‘We remain on scene with our emergency service colleagues and will be working through the night and beyond. At this very early stage the cause of the fire is unknown and will be investigated.’

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