Four children have died following a house fire in Staffordshire.
Two adults and another child are being treated in hospital following the blaze in Sycamore Lane, in the Highfields area of Stafford.
Their injuries are not believed to be life threatening.
Emergency services told 89.7 Bay they rushed to the scene at 2.40am on Tuesday morning.
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are examining the house as an investigation into the cause of the fire begins.
A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: ‘At 2:40am this morning, police officers and colleagues from the fire and ambulance services attended a serious house fire in the Highfields area of Stafford.
‘A search at the property in Sycamore Lane is ongoing, but it is with great sadness we can confirm the deaths of four children at the property.
‘Two adults and another child are being treated in hospital. Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.’
A spokeswoman for the West Midlands Ambulance Service said: ‘When crews arrived they found an ongoing serious house fire. Three occupants, two adults and a child, had managed to get out of the property.
‘All three patients were assessed and treated on scene by ambulance staff for non-life threatening injuries before being taken to hospital for further care.
‘Tragically, four children from the property were confirmed dead on scene.
‘Our thoughts are with the family at this exceptionally difficult time.’