Boy, 5, and girl, 3, die after being trapped in huge house blaze with mum

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Two children have died and their mother was left injured following a house fire in Lancashire, police have confirmed.

Police were called at around 8pm on Friday, April 8 after reports of a fire with several people being trapped inside a house Coronation Crescent in Preston.

The mother and her two children were brought out of the house by firefighters and all were rushed to hospital.

However, medical intervention for the three-year-old girl and five-year-old boy was withdrawn yesterday and they have now sadly passed away.

The mum, in her 20s, suffered injuries that were not life-threatening as a result of the fire, Mirror reports.

A spokesperson for police said: "Our thoughts are with their loved ones at this incredibly difficult time. The children’s family continued to be supported by specially-trained officers."

A joint investigation between Lancashire Constabulary and Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service to determine the cause of the fire is continuing.

Police had arrested a 24-year-old man on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life but was initially released under investigation pending further enquiries. He has now been released no further action.

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Detective Chief Inspector Rach Higson, of the Force Major Investigation Team, said: “This tragic incident has resulted in two children sadly losing their lives and my thoughts, first and foremost, are with their loved ones at this time. Our enquiries into the cause of the fire are continuing.”

The fire was earlier described as an "explosion" by the leader of Preston City Council.

Matthew Brown, leader of Preston City Council, tweeted in the aftermath of the incident: "Really concerning to hear about the explosion at a property in Avenham this evening.

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"Thoughts and prayers with all those affected by what looks like an extremely serious incident."

Anybody with information is asked to get in touch with police on 101, quoting log 1305 of April 8.

A file will be passed onto HM Coroner in due course.

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