Police confirm three people – including four-year-old girl – died in Exeter house fire

Two adults and a four-year-old girl have died in a house fire in Exeter, police have confirmed this afternoon.

Three other children remain in hospital in a stable condition following the blaze at a property in Clayton Road, off Bonhay Road, in the St David’s area, early this morning (Sunday, February 21).

A 28-year-old woman, a 29-year-old man, and a four-year-old girl lost their lives.

Two boys, aged four and nine, and a seven-year-old girl remain in hospital.

Devon and Cornwall Police says everyone in the house was related.

Chief Superintendent Daniel Evans said: “It has now been confirmed that two adults, a 28-year-old woman and a 29-year-old man, plus a four-year-old girl have all died following this house fire.

“Next-of-kin have been informed and we will be supporting those affected with specialist officers.

“Two boys aged four and nine, and a seven-year-old girl who were also in the house at the time of the fire remain in hospital.

“All three are currently in a stable condition, and all will be transferred to Bristol Children’s Hospital later today; all six within the property are related to each other.

“We are working closely with specialist scene investigators to help us understand how this tragic incident could have occurred, but currently there is nothing to indicate any third-party involvement in this matter and therefore we are not seeking anyone in connection to this fire at this time.

“We hope to release the wider cordon along Bonhay Road by this evening, but an inner cordon surrounding the property along with a scene guard will be in place for the next three days at least, whilst vital scene investigation work takes place.”

Chief Supt Evans added: “This is a deeply upsetting incident and one that will cause great distress to the community, particularly to those who knew the family.

“I don’t doubt that people will wish to leave a tribute and flowers at the scene.

“I ask that at this time the public give our officers space to undertake the vital investigative work at the scene, and we will update you all over the coming days in relation to a safe space where people can leave flowers or a tribute if they wish.”

Emergency services were called to a property in Clayton Road, off Bonhay Road, in the St David’s area of Exeter. Picture: Irving of Exeter

Picture: Irving of Exeter

A force spokesperson had previously said this morning: “The emergency services remain at the scene of a house fire in Exeter following an incident in the early hours of the morning.

“Just after 5.30am on Sunday 21 February, police were informed by ambulance that both they and the fire service were in attendance following a house fire that was already extinguished.

“The property is located on Clayton Road in the St David’s area of Exeter.

“Police continue to work with specialist investigators from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service in relation to this incident and to the origins of the fire.

“There is currently no damage or risk to any of the adjoining properties in the area.

“Several localised road closures are in place including at Bonhay Road and Tudor Road, there is also a cordon in place at Tavistock Road.

“This is expected to remain in place for quite some time and we ask that the public and road users avoid the area.

“Anyone with any information is asked to call the police on 101 quoting log 140 for the 21 February.”

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