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Sutton: four children died in a house fire while their mum left them alone to go shopping has been arrested on suspicion of child neglect

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The 27-year-old is being held on suspicion of child neglect after two sets of twins die in house fire.

Today London Fire Commissioner Andy Roe said that the deaths have “left everyone numb with profound sadness”.

The woman who has not been named has been arrested on suspicion of child neglect after four children, two sets of twin boys aged three and four died in the house fire in south London.

The Metropolitan Police confirmed that on Friday the woman remained in police custody.

At the time of the fire, there was nobody else inside the property apart from the four young boys.

Firefighters arrived at the house just before 7pm on Thursday but the blaze was already very well developed.

Sadly two sets of twins, ages four and ages three died, They were carried out of the house and given CPR by firefighters before being taken to two south London hospitals where they sadly died.

Deputy Commissioner Mills said: “On arrival, there were four children in the house. It’s a very traumatic event. They (firefighters) attended a very well-developed fire (and) got there in under three minutes. Second two machines within seven minutes.

“Entering a building and rescuing life is always a very difficult place to be. The age of the children (and) the fact they are so young will have a profound impact on them.”

The cause of the fire is currently “unknown” and fire investigation teams, alongside the Metropolitan Police, are trying to determine the cause, Mr Mills said.

LFB said eight fire engines and around 60 firefighters were sent to Collingwood Road.

The fire was under control by 8.36pm

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Trevor Sherwood
Trevor Sherwood
Trevor Sherwood is the editor and news reporter covering national and international news crime and policing news. Tweet your news and views to @TrevSherwoodPH

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