Family of five die in house fire in Sheffield, England

Monday 28 April 2014 22.26
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The fire began shortly after midnight in Sheffield
The fire began shortly after midnight in Sheffield
Three young children are among the dead
Three young children are among the dead

Five people, including three young children, have died in a house fire in England.

A nine-week-old baby girl was among those who died; the other children were aged nine and seven.

A 54-year-old woman and her 20-year-old daughter are also believed to have died in the blaze on Wake Road, Sharrow, Sheffield.

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue said the fire began shortly after midnight on the residential street.

A fire brigade spokesman said: "An investigation has commenced, involving police and fire officers, to establish the cause of the fire."

Four fire engines were called to the scene and an aerial ladder was used to tackle the blaze.

Police and ambulance services also went to the house after receiving emergency calls.

Police, who cordoned off the road, said the damaged building was a terrace house.

A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: "At this stage we are not able to confirm where in the house the fire broke out or if anyone else was injured."

A spokesman for South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue said details about the fire would become clearer later today.

A cousin of the 54-year-old victim, Ishfaq Hussain Kayani, said: "It's just a huge tragedy. Words cannot describe how sad this is."

He said: "She was, to my children, like a mother, like an aunt. The whole community is in huge shock.

"Just in a matter of minutes the whole family has been destroyed. The whole family has gone.

He added: "They were such a lovely family, highly respected.

"This tragedy has struck and we have to try our level best to pull through this," he added.