The fire swept through a family’s home in Sycamore Lane, Highfields, on Tuesday morning (February 5th)
Two people a women aged 24 and a man aged 28 have been arrested over a devastating Stafford house fire which killed four children.
Riley Holt, eight, Keegan Unitt, six, Tilly Rose Unitt, four, and Olly Unitt, three were killed when the blaze wept through the family home in Stafford, on Tuesday morning.
Their mother Natalie Karen Unitt survived, along her partner Chris Moulton and their two-year-old son.
Staffordshire Police confirmed two people had been arrested in a statement today.
They said: “Officers from Staffordshire Police have made two arrests this afternoon (Feb 8) following a house fire in Stafford on Tuesday.
“Following an update from investigators into the probable cause of the fire we have arrested a 24-year-old woman and a 28-year-old man on suspicion of manslaughter by gross negligence.
“The arrests were made at around 1.30pm.
“The man and woman are in custody.
“This incident has had a huge impact on the community and we understand there will be confusion and a demand for information.
“However, we would urge people not to speculate as to what may have happened and appeal for patience as the investigation continues.”
The children’s tragic deaths have shocked the community, which has united in grief to support the family with a fundraising campaign.
The crowdfunding page was set up by Stephen Glover, a parent of a child at Castle Primary, where Riley, Tilly and Olly were pupils.
Hundreds of people have already donated more than £18,000, the total edging increasingly closer to the £25,000 target.
A Facebook page has also been set up called ‘Community Help for Highfields family’ with dozens of people offering assistance.