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Blaze mother too ill for funeral

A mother has remained in hospital as the funeral took place of her three young children killed in a house fire.

Samantha Hudson was not well enough to attend the funeral of three-year-old Maddie Hudson, Anthony Hudson, five, who was known as AJ, and nine-year-old William Beale.

The three were killed when a fierce blaze ripped through their house in Clarence Avenue, Bridlington, East Yorkshire, earlier this month.

Their 27-year-old mother was rescued from the house and remains critical but stable in hospital in Scarborough. Fire investigators said the blaze was an accident.

Mourners gathered at Emmanuel Church on Cardigan Road, Bridlington, in freezing temperatures for the service, followed by burial at Bridlington cemetery. The family invited members of the emergency services who tried to save the youngsters on the night to the funeral.

The three small coffins were followed into church by devastated friends and family, including grandparent Sharon Hudson. Around 200 people attended the service, led by the Rev Chris McCarthy.

Among the mourners was neighbour Lesley Salisbury, a trained nurse who battled to resuscitate the children after they were rescued from the blazing building by firefighters.

Flowers were brought to the service from pupils at Hilderthorpe Primary School, as was a bouquet from the crews at Bridlington Fire Station.

Following the tragedy, the grandparents spoke of their devastation.

Robert and Sharon Hudson paid tribute to the youngsters, and said: "We are unbelievably distraught with what has happened. Heartbroken is an understatement."

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