Detective Inspector Justin Spanner, from West Midlands Police CID, has launched a criminal investigation following the deaths of two children at a house in Hamstead in the early hours of this morning (28/10).


Emergency services were called to Holland Road, at around 3.40AM, to reports of a house fire.

On arrival, crews found a fire in the hallway of the house. Firefighters managed to extinguish the blaze but found two children – a boy and a girl – who were inside in the property.

The children rushed to hospital, but despite the best efforts of medics they sadly died shortly after arrival.

At this stage the cause of their deaths is not known and a forensic post-mortem is due to take place.

A woman was also assessed by the ambulance service but did not suffer any serious injuries.

DI Spanner, said: “The events of this morning remain unclear and we are still trying to piece together the circumstances leading up to what happened.

“This is a terrible incident and my thoughts are with everyone who has been affected.

“If there was anyone in the area in the early hours of this morning who thinks they may be able to help us with our investigation I would urge them to get in touch with my team.”

Please call WMP on 101 if you have ANY information.

(Images: Bob Hockenhull)