Stafford Borough Council has reacted to the house fire in Stafford this morning (5 February) after four children were found dead.
Police officers and Fire and ambulance services attended a serious house fire at 2:30am on Sycamore Lane.
Two adults and another child are being treated in hospital after escaping the house. Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
Council Leader, Patrick Farrington, said: “This is horrible news. Four young lives have been lost and I cannot comprehend how their family and loved ones can even begin to come to terms with this. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
“We are also thinking of our emergency services who will have been deeply affected by this tragedy.”
Jeremy Lefroy, Conservative MP for Stafford, also took to twitter to show his condolences, he said: “The deaths of four children at a house fire in Highfields this morning is unbelievably tragic. My deepest sympathies and prayers go to their families.
“@CarolynTrowbrid also sends her thoughts and sympathies. Thanks to all of the emergency services dealing with this tragedy.”
Fire investigators from Staffordshire and West Midlands Fire services are conducting a joint investigation with police crime scene investigators into the cause of the fire.
More details are said to follow when the investigation has concluded.