Preston house fire claimed the lives of two children. The girl, aged three years old, and her mother, five years old, were both taken to hospital Friday night. After receiving reports that a house fire had broken out and several people were trapped in it, emergency services were called to the Coronation Crescent address at 8:15pm.
According to the force, injuries sustained by the woman were not life-threatening. According to the spokesperson, “Her two children, a girl and boy aged three and five years respectively, were also taken to hospital. Medical intervention was withdrawn yesterday (April 12th) and the children are now sadly dead. Police said that a 24-year-old man was taken into custody on suspicion of arson intent to endanger lives. He was released without further action.
To determine the cause of the fire, a joint investigation is underway with the Lancashire fire department.
DCI Rachel Higson stated that two children lost their lives in the tragic fire. Her thoughts and prayers are with their families. We are still investigating the cause of the fire. Anyone with any information is requested to call 101, quoting log 1305 from 8 April.
Two children died in a house fire that devastated their family’s home, as heartbroken neighbors described the desperate efforts to save them.
After a fire broke out in the property, emergency services were called to Coronation Crescent (Preston) on April 8. Some residents had already constructed a platform to aid those trapped by the time emergency services arrived.
Yesterday, it was confirmed that Desire, three and Louis, were both killed by their injuries. Tony Richardson, a neighbour, told the Mirror that he was sitting in the house when he smelled burning plastic. He then looked out and saw the house on fire. Then he heard someone screaming. Since that day, I have struggled to fall asleep. My friend from uni was there and we ran to help.
Another person went around the back trying to get in that direction. We told her to jump as soon as she saw the window was closing. My friend and I grabbed a piece of discarded wood and placed it on top some wheelie bins so she could jump from the platform. I wrapped my arms around her and carried her out into the street, but she kept screaming “my babies, my babies!”
Malesh Nayli is the owner of Frenchwood Convenience on the crescent. He said that Lorena used to work in the shop for him. They are a wonderful family and very friendly. One young man ran up to the shop and said that there was a flame on the crescent, and that there was a woman screaming. We were all running out when Lorena and the two children appeared to be black. There were three people in the shop at that time.
We tried to enter the front door, but it was so blazing hot that we couldn’t get through. We shouted at her to drop the children but she was too busy crying and didn’t respond. One of our customers kicked in the lobby door to reach the back.
“Gordon tried to break the bedroom window and get in, but the smoke was too strong. We ran through the ginnel again to the front, and someone had pulled her down. However, the children were still trapped in the property. Residents of the crescent are still reeling from the tragedy, and many have paid tribute to the six-year-old family that lived there.
Joseph Najjar was a food delivery driver and said that his little boy waved at them, and that the two children would reciprocate. We thought they were moving out because we had seen a van outside our house. We thought that no one was inside the house when we saw the flames. As a parent, it’s harrowing to see.