Two children die in house fire
Two children have been found dead by firefighters tackling a serious house fire.
Some of their relatives had escaped from the three-bedroom property in Bristol before emergency services arrived, Avon Fire and Rescue Service said.
The first floor of the house in the Bradley Stoke area, where the children's bodies were found, was engulfed in flames when fire crews attended at 6.30am.
The family members who escaped were the children's parents and three siblings.
William Roberts, duty group manager at Avon Fire and Rescue Service, said: "When crews arrived, the fire was fully developed and engulfing the first floor and roof space of an end of terrace three-bedroom house.
"Some family members were able to escape the fire before the arrival of the fire service.
"Four firefighters wearing breathing apparatus attacked the fire using two fire-fighting jets and discovered the bodies of two children on the first floor. Police and fire investigators are now at the scene to establish the cause of the fire."
He described the deaths of the children as a "tragedy" and stressed the importance of having working smoke alarms and a fire plan in case of an emergency.
Smoke alarms were fitted but it is not yet known if they were in working order because the damage to the property is "so extensive", Mr Roberts added.
The children who died were both boys under the age of 10, Avon and Somerset Police said. Their siblings were also described as being "young children" by the force.