Girl dies in Shropshire children's home fire

A teenage girl has died in a fire at a children's home.

The fire was in a bedroom at a Bryn Melyn Care home in Bagley Marsh near Ellesmere, Shropshire, late on Saturday. Two adults were unharmed.

Paramedics were unable to revive the girl, whose age has not been released, and she was declared dead at the scene.

The cause of the fire was being investigated. Walsall Council said the girl was its responsibility and it was offering support to her family.

Her death was being treated as unexplained, said police.

'Deep sympathy'

Fire crews from Ellesmere, Baschurch and Wem responded.

Bryn Melyn Care said it had provided residential childcare services for troubled young people for more than 27 years and this was the first "tragedy of this nature".

Bryn Melyn Care managing director Steve Nevitt said everyone had been "devastated" to learn of the death of the young person in its care.

In a statement, he said: "Our thoughts go out in particular to her family and friends, as well as the care, education and clinical staff who have worked so closely with her during her time with us.

"We have instigated a full internal review and will be cooperating fully with all the relevant local emergency services and Ofsted to ensure that this terrible event is investigated thoroughly and the cause of the fire established."

Rachel Andrew, portfolio holder for children's services at Walsall Council, said it was "working with the police and other agencies in the investigation".

She said it would wish to express its "deep sympathy to the family and friends" of the young woman who died in the fire at the residential home.

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