Two children killed in arson attack

A brother and sister have been killed in an arson attack at their family home.

Brave neighbours ran in to pull the girl, 6, and boy, 8, from the burning building in Birmingham, bringing them out into the garden.

But both youngsters were so badly injured by the fire they suffered heart failure and died.

Their heartbroken mother could be seen crouched over her children as they lay on the lawn.

Police said they are treating the fire as suspicious and have launched a criminal investigation following the blaze which broke out in the early hours of the morning.

Firefighters rushed to the home following a 999 call. They put out a fire which was burning in the hallway.

Panicked neighbours had already brought the children outside and were performing CPR in a desperate attempt to save them before ambulance crews arrived on the scene to take over. Sadly, there was nothing which could be done for them.

The children’s mother was also looked at by paramedics, but she had not suffered any serious injuries requiring treatment and was not taken to hospital.

A neighbour, who lives opposite said he could see both children lying on the grass in front of their house while their mother hunched over them wailing in despair.

Both children were bluelighted to hospital but nothing could be done to save them. The little girl had been taken to Birmingham Children’s Hospital while the boy was rushed to Sandwell Hospital.
Devastated family, friends and shocked members of the community have now started to leave floral tributes to the little ones outside their home.
Leanne Oversby, whose garden backs onto that of the children’s home said they were “really happy children” and she often heard them singing in the garden.
Police cordoned off the road as investigations continue into the blaze in the Hamstead area of Birmingham, which is a former mining community.
Detective Inspector Justin Spanner from Birmingham CID said it is not yet clear how the fire started, but it is being treated as suspicious.
He said: “This is a terrible incident and my thoughts are with everyone who has been affected. If there was anyone in the area in the early hours of this morning who thinks they may be able to help us with our investigation, I would urge them to get in touch with my team.”