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Man and girl, 8, killed in Wakefield house fire

Ash Crescent, Wakefield
Image caption The fire broke out at a house in Ash Crescent at about 04:20 BST

A man and an eight-year-old girl have died in a house fire, police have said.

The 42-year-old man and the girl died when a blaze broke out at a house in Ash Crescent, in the Stanley area of Wakefield, at about 04:20 BST.

A woman, 35, and a 13-year-old girl who were also in the house were treated in hospital for non-life threatening injuries before being discharged.

West Yorkshire Police said an investigation into the cause of the fire was under way.

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Image caption Police have appealed for anyone with information about the fire to come forward.

A number of floral tributes have been left outside the semi-detached house.

Ch Supt Mabs Hussain said: "This is clearly a very serious and tragic incident in which a man and a young girl have lost their lives. 

"Their family are absolutely devastated by what has taken place and we are working to support them in any way we can."

The force has appealed for anyone with information about the fire to come forward.

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