Car fire in Newcastle linked to deaths of two children in Birmingham

A car fire in Newcastle-under-Lyme, which resulted in a man being seriously injured, is being linked to an incident at a house in Birmingham during which two children died.

Officers from Staffordshire Police were called to the scene on Whitmore Road in the Butterton area at around 7.15am today.

A man in his 40s – thought to be the children’s father - was found inside the car and had suffered life-threatening injuries. He was taken to hospital where he continues to be treated.

Police enquiries have revealed the man and his vehicle – a Vauxhall Insignia – are connected to the events at the property on Holland Road in Hamstead in the early hours.

Fire-fighters were first on the scene and extinguished a fire in the hallway of the house at around 3.40am. Two children – an eight-year-old boy and six-year-old girl - were found unwell inside. 

They were both taken to hospital, where they were subsequently pronounced dead. At this stage the cause of their deaths is not known and a forensic post-mortem is due to take place.

Their mother, aged 36, was also assessed by the ambulance service but did not suffer any serious injuries. She is being treated as a witness and is being supported by specially trained officers. 

Detective Chief Inspector Martin Slevin, from Force CID, said: “This is an absolutely tragic set of circumstances and my thoughts are with everyone who has been affected.

“We are still at the early stages of understanding exactly what happened and why – but I can confirm we are not looking for anyone else in connection with this investigation.” 

“I am still keen to hear from anyone who was in the area in the early hours of this morning and who has not yet spoken to us.

“I also want to urge anyone who saw a Vauxhall Insignia in or around the area this morning to contact my team.”

Police can be contacted on 101 or information can be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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