Fresh TV appeal over tragic blaze

Four people, one 19 year-old man and three children, were killed in a fire at a property on Lytham Road in Freckleton.'Floral tributes outside the house.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'08-01-12
Four people, one 19 year-old man and three children, were killed in a fire at a property on Lytham Road in Freckleton.'Floral tributes outside the house. PIC BY ROB LOCK'08-01-12
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A DEVASTATING house fire in which a teenager and three children lost their lives will appear on Crimewatch.

The show, which airs on BBC One tonight, is part of a major police inquiry to try to establish the cause of the blaze which killed 19-year-old Reece Smith, four-year-old twins Holly and Ella Smith and Jordan Smith, aged two, who all died from smoke inhalation as after a wardrobe was allegedly set on fire in a bedroom.

four-year-old twin girls Holly and Ella Smith

four-year-old twin girls Holly and Ella Smith

Since the tragic incident at the house on Lytham Road, Freckleton, during a party on Saturday, January 7, detectives have been piecing together the events of the night and are continuing to investigate the case.

Officers have carried out extensive inquires including speaking to hundreds of members of the community, and launching a social media campaign with appeals on Facebook and YouTube and have now turned to Crimewatch in a bid to get further information.

Det Supt Dermott Horrigan (pictured), leading the inquiry for Lancashire Police’s major investigation team, said: “We are making good progress with the investigation, but this is very much an ongoing inquiry and we will not stop until we get to the bottom of exactly what has happened.

“We have had a good response from the media and the public so far, however we are still appealing to anyone who may have any information who may not have spoken to the police or someone who has spoken to the police but have important information they have not yet told us.

“It is not too late to come forward.

“Somebody knows exactly what happened that night, and who set fire to the wardrobe.

“I would ask them to search their conscience and tell us the truth about what happened. It’s not too late to do the right thing.

“I would urge people to watch the programme tonight and to contact us if they know something that they think might help. Even the smallest piece of information could prove crucial.

“We have a team of detectives who are still working on the investigation and I can assure the public that any information received will be treated in confidence and dealt with appropriately.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the major incident room at Blackpool Police Station by calling 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.