Three children die in Bridlington house fire

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Samantha Hudson's sons William and AJ (pictured) and daughter Maddie died as a result of the fire

Three children have died and their mother has been seriously injured in a house fire in East Yorkshire.

The fire broke out at the property in Clarence Avenue, Bridlington, shortly before midnight.

The children's mother Samantha Hudson, 27, is said to be in a serious but stable condition at Scarborough General Hospital.

The children were named by police as Maddie, aged three, William, aged nine and AJ aged five.

Police said there was nothing to indicate the fire was started deliberately.

However, Ms Hudson had returned home late on Thursday evening and police wanted to establish where she had been before the fire started.

'Dense smoke'

Mark Rhodes, head of operations for Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, said it was too early to establish the cause.

He said: "We were faced at the time with a very severe house fire.

"This is a typical sort of three-storey terraced property, fire on the ground floor but very intense, very dense smoke logging right throughout the property.

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Mark Rhodes, head of operations for Humbershide Fire and Rescue Service, said firefighters faced a very difficult situation

"[Fire crews] made a search of the building and, very regrettably, we found four casualties who were rescued from the second floor of the building.

"We took them outside, we worked extremely hard with the police and the paramedics. We undertook some resuscitation before conveying them away to hospital."

Nurse Lesley Salisbury, 59, described how she was woken in the night and helped perform first aid on the youngsters.

"A firefighter brought out a little boy.

"I told him I was a nurse and I started to work on him. I think I just went into nurse mode.

"I was doing chest compressions and the firefighters were doing the oxygen. After that it was just a blur, a dreadful blur.

"Some of the neighbours said I worked on the other two as well but I don't really remember.

"I do remember the firefighters bringing them out, they were like little rag dolls."

Sue Everson, headteacher at Hilderthorpe Primary School, where the children attended, said their deaths had devastated staff and pupils.

She added: "All of us at Hilderthorpe Primary School are shocked and saddened by the news that three of our pupils have died."

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