UPDATE: Amublance services’ thoughts with family of fire victims

“OUR thoughts are with the family,” says ambulance service after fatal house fire this morning (October 15).

Three children and one adult have died following an early morning house fire at a house in Barn Mead, Harlow.

The East of England Ambulance Service (EEAST) was alerted at 1.46am. Five ambulances, two officers, the Trust’s hazardous area response team (HART) and Doctor Lightfoot from BEARS attended the scene.

EEAST spokesman Gary Sanderson said: “First and foremost our thoughts are with the family and friends of all involved in this tragic incident this morning.

“Following a rapid scene assessment by the first clinician on scene, our Trust declared a major incident due to the severity of the incident.

“Ambulance crews worked extremely hard alongside the fire service to treat a total of seven casualties, two adults and five children, who were all conveyed to Princess Alexandra Hospital.

“Sadly after everyone’s best efforts, three children and an adult lost their lives. Two other children remain in a critical condition in hospital.”

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The cause of the fire is under investigation and police are looking at the circumstances leading up to the fire and ask that anyone who was in the area of Barn Mead in the early hours of Monday and has any information to contact police at Harlow police station on 101.