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Father and young daughter killed in Hull house fire

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The man was pronounced dead at the scene while the 10-year-old girl died later in hospital.

Forensics officers at the scene

A father and his 10-year-old daughter have been killed in a fire at a house on the outskirts of Hull.

A 999 call was made by a neighbour at around 7.49am on Saturday morning, reporting a fire at a property on Wensley Avenue, Cottingham, where two people were believed to be inside.

Emergency services attended the scene and breathing apparatus crews from Humberside Fire and Rescue Service entered the building, locating a man and his 10-year-old daughter.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene and the girl, whose age was originally given as eight, was attended to by paramedics and taken to hospital, where she later died.

Humberside Police said officers remain at the scene, where the property has been cordoned off by police tape, while emergency services work to establish the cause of the blaze.

Fire investigation dogs have been assisting officers, according to the fire service, who are working at the scene with the police force.

Police said officers remain on the scene they work to establish the cause of the fire (Danny Lawson/PA Wire)
Police said officers remain at the scene to investigate the cause of the fire (Danny Lawson/PA)

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A spokesman for the fire service said: “We pulled out an adult male and who we now know is his 10-year-old daughter, and tragically both lives were lost to the fire.

“We’re working with police colleagues on the scene.

“We have got fire investigation officers there who will be working tirelessly throughout today.”

He said the father and daughter were the only two people in the property at the time.

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House fire in Hull
A toy rabbit and flowers have been left near the house in tribute to the father and daughter who were killed (Danny Lawson/PA)

Neighbour Carl Goodfellow said he had tried to rescue those inside after he spotted smoke coming from the house, and had tried shouting through the letterbox to raise the alarm.

“We tried to break the door down, but them composite doors are a bit strong,” he told the BBC.

“I was banging on the window to try and get some attention, but there was nothing.

“We did try to alert him, but there was no response.”

Another witness told the broadcaster that they could see smoke billowing from the house after being alerted to the incident by a passing police car.

Investigators wearing white forensic suits have been working at the house, and flowers and a toy rabbit have been left in tribute near the police cordon.

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