Huddersfield House Fire 'Tragic Accident'

22 February 2016, 14:48 | Updated: 22 February 2016, 15:00

A house fire which left two young boys dead is being treated as a "tragic accident'', police have said.

The boys who died at their home in Huddersfield have been formally identified as three-year-old Logan Taylor and two-year-old Jake Casey.

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: ``Police are continuing to work closely with colleagues from West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service in investigating this incident, which appears at this stage to be a tragic accident.

"Police will maintain oversight until the full findings of the investigation are confirmed.''

The children were rushed to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary on Saturday afternoon but could not be saved.

Their mother and an older brother had managed to flee the house in Alder Street before firefighters arrived.

The fire was believed to have started in the front bedroom and a rescuer, thought to be a neighbour, tried to get in by climbing on a veranda at the back of the house.

The boys' father also dashed to the house to try to help, neighbours said.

It is not known if smoke alarms were fitted to the privately rented house, the family having moved into the property around six months ago according to neighbours.

The family's next door neighbour, who did not want to be named, said the mother was shouting, ``Help me! Help me!'', crying and screaming for help.

"We saw the smoke everywhere, a man tried to climb up to help but there was too much smoke, you could not see anything,'' she said.

"I asked the man, he said two children were still inside.

"Then the police and fire brigade came and they went inside.''

The neighbour said: "It's really shocking, everyone is in shock. My children were upset.''

Family members have returned to the scene of the tragedy to leave flowers.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said firefighters with breathing apparatus brought the boys out.

On Sunday, group manager Chris Kirby said: "I was speaking to some of them yesterday, they had got tears in their eyes, they were very upset about the scenes that they had witnessed.''