Greater Manchester Police (GMP) officers investigating a fatal house fire in Walkden have made further arrests.
It was shortly before 5am on Monday 11 December 2017, when emergency services were called to Jackson Street to reports of a house fire.
On attendance, efforts were made to rescue the people inside the house but tragically, a boy aged 8 and two girls aged 7 and 14 died.
A three-year-old girl remains in a critical condition and a 35-year-old woman remains in a serious condition, both in hospital.
The dead children were named as Lacie, seven, Brandon, eight, and Demi, 14. Their mother was last night sedated and unaware they had died.
Demi was a pupil at Harrop Fold School in Salford, which featured in the Channel 4 documentary Educating Greater Manchester. Head teacher Drew Povey said: ‘We are devastated.’
Two 16-year-old boys were able to escape the property. The mother’s other son Kyle, 16, who escaped the blaze said: ‘I fell asleep and the next thing I knew was I could hear my mum screaming, “Fire!” There was lots of smoke so I climbed out of an upstairs window. I’ve gone to get back in but a cloud of smoke hit me in the face.
‘I tried to break the front door down and smashed a window but I couldn’t get in because of the flames. I can’t get my head around it.’
On 11 December, officers arrested a 23-year-old man and 20-year-old woman in connection with the investigation on suspicion of murder.
Two further men aged 18 and 20 have also been arrested on suspicion of murder.
A 24-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.
They all remain in custody for questioning.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 0161 856 8797.
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