Blaze probe continues

Scene of the fire which killed four siblings in Lytham Road, Freckleton
Scene of the fire which killed four siblings in Lytham Road, Freckleton

DETECTIVES are continuing their investigation into the house fire which claimed the lives of four grandchildren in Freckleton.

Eighteen-year-old Dyson Allen, from Lytham, was arrested on suspicion of murder last week and later bailed.

DCI Neil Esseen said no more arrests had been made in connection with the incident.

He said: “We are still on with it, we are still ascertaining what has gone on and who may have done this.”

Reece Smith, 19, died trying to save four-year-old twins Holly and Ella, and Jordan, two, in the fire at the bungalow in Lytham Road on Saturday, January 8. Their mother Michelle Smith, who has five other children, was celebrating her 36th birthday party on the night.

Andrew Smith, 16, also ran into the smoke-filled building after brother Reece to try to save his siblings but managed to escape without suffering injury, while Michelle was rescued.

Meanwhile, the children’s grandmother Christine Smith, 57, said the family are trying to remain strong but the smallest moments, such as seeing other young children in the street, cause them huge pain.

She said: “It is things like trying to sort the funeral out or seeing kids running around. I am thinking, ‘It should be my granddaughters running around’, it is just hard. It is just when you see little kids their age and they are shouting ‘nanny’ or ‘mum’; it should be them doing that.

“Christine said the family has not yet been able to set a date for the funerals.

“They (the police) will not release them yet so we cannot sort the funeral out yet,” she said.