Police now treating severe Rugby house fire as suspicious

The fire damage to the house.
The fire damage to the house.

A Rugby house fire that left a woman and three children with serious injuries is being treated as suspicious by the police.

A neighbour of the house, on Wentworth Road, told the Advertiser they awoke to the screaming of a woman and children before 3am this morning.

The fire left a 28-year-old woman, a 10-year-old boy and an eight-year-old girl in hospital suffering with burns and smoke inhalation. The third child, a five-year-old boy, is in a critical condition.

A police officer remains outside the house, with police now appealing for anyone who saw anything suspicious.

Detective inspector Paul Thompson said: "This was an extremely serious incident that has left a woman and three children injured.

"Our top priority at the moment is working with the fire brigade to establish the cause of the fire.

"In the meantime, I would ask for anyone who was in the area at the time who saw anything suspicious or anyone with dash cam footage to get in touch with police.

"There will be an increased police presence in the area over the next few days as officers investigate the fire and to provide reassurance to the community."

Anyone with information can call 101 quoting incident 29 of 15 November 2018. Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.