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UK flat fire kills two teenagers and a six-month-old baby girl

The three died in the fire in Langley Mill in Derbyshire.

POLICE IN THE UK county of Derbyshire are investigating after two teenagers and a young baby were killed in a block of flats in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Neighbours say the fire may have begun in a car park in the town of Langley Mill before spreading to the apartment block.

Amy Smith, a 17-year-old mother, died in the fire along with her six-month-old baby Ruby-Grace Gaunt and family friend Ed Green, also 17-years-old.

Speaking to local media, Derbyshire Police say the fire is currently being categorised as “unexplained” and they have not yet ruled out any potential cause.

“We are working closely with the fire service to determine how the blaze started,” said spokesman Jim Allen.”We are treating it as unexplained and we are meticulously working through all lines of inquiry to establish exactly what happened that morning.”

A number of other people were rescued from the fire including the 17-year-old father of the the child. Five people were injured.

Friends and neighbours of those who died have been paying tributes since details of the fire began emerging yesterday.

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