Exeter house blaze claims fourth victim as girl, aged seven, dies from her injuries

A seven-year-old girl left critically ill after a house fire in Exeter has died from her injuries from the blaze, police have conformed.

Four family members died after the house fire at Clayton Road, in the St David’s area of the city, on Sunday, February 21.

Parents Kaylie Rudge, 28, Daniel Rudge, 29, and their four-year-old daughter, Lillie-Rose Rudge, were also victims of the blaze.

A nine-year-old boy and a four-year-old boy – Lillie-Rose’s twin brother – have been receiving treatment at Bristol Children’s Hospital.

Police are not treating the fire as suspicious.

Lee Howell, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service Chief Fire Officer, said: “This is incredibly sad news for all of us, and we offer our deepest condolences to the family.

“This was a tragic incident and our crews fought so bravely to save lives.

“Our thoughts are with the two boys still in hospital.”

Antony Hart, Superintendent at Devon and Cornwall Police, said: “The circumstances of this tragic incident have touched the hearts of all of those who were involved in the emergency response, those who know the family and the wider community.

“Our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time, and they are being supported by specialist officers.

“We ask that the privacy of those who are grieving is respected.”

Two separate GoFundMe pages set up to help pay for funeral costs and to help the couple’s remaining children who were in the house at the time of the fire have together totalled more than £45,000.

You can find the donation pages here, and also here.

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