Two young brothers who died together in a house fire are thought to have started the blaze themselves
, investigators said today.
Junaid, two, and Sohail Akhtar, four
, died in hospital after the blaze trapped them in a bedroom of their home in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire yesterday afternoon.
Their mother Nazia Akhtar, who is heavily pregnant, escaped the fire. She ran from the house in Huddersfield to raise the alarm.
Builders working nearby launched a rescue attempt but were beaten back by the heat and smoke.
Firemen pulled the children from the upstairs room but they were pronounced dead at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary. West Yorkshire Police said the blaze was not being treated as suspicious.
Chris Hellas, a district manager for West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, said investigators were exploring the possibility the youngsters started the blaze themselves.
He said there was evidence of fire-lighting equipment at the scene.