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A man has been arrested after a five-year-old girl and her teenage brother died following a huge blaze in a flat.
The girl died in her bed while the 13-year-old boy was critically injured after leaping from a third-floor window at 3am today. He later died from his injuries.
Firefighters discovered the body of the girl inside a third-floor flat in St John’s Wood, north west London.
Police said the two dead children were siblings.
Three other people – the dead children’s brothers aged 12 and 15, and their father, aged 44 – were rescued by firefighters.
They were treated in hospital for minor injuries including burns and smoke inhalation.
Emergency services were called to the four-storey block of flats shortly before 3am.
A neighbour described how the blaze was so intense firefighters feared her ground floor flat would be affected too.
‘I didn’t know the family, they hadn’t been living there long though and it’s very quiet round here.
‘I think they were Arabic. When I found out a little girl had died I was so shocked. It’s tragic, just before Christmas.’