Inquest opens into fire tragedy

Four year old twins Holly and Ella Smith with brother Jordan Smith, aged two.'All were killed in a house fire in Freckleton in January 2012
Four year old twins Holly and Ella Smith with brother Jordan Smith, aged two.'All were killed in a house fire in Freckleton in January 2012
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FOUR siblings killed in a tragic house fire can finally be laid to rest after an inquest was opened into their deaths.

Reece Smith, 19, four-year-old twin girls Holly and Ella Smith, and Jordan Smith, aged two, all died following the blaze at their home in Freckleton, last month.

A second post mortem was carried out on Wednesday which confirmed they died from smoke inhalation.

Opening the inquest yesterday, Blackpool Coroner Anne Hind, said: “A police investigation was launched following the fire and that continues. A post mortem on all four deceased were carried out by a Home Office pathologist and a cause of death of smoke inhalation was recorded.

“The investigation has continued but no-one has been charged with the deaths so I requested a second post mortem be conducted on Wednesday.

“This confirmed the cause of death and also means the family are now able to bury their loved ones.”

Detectives say the fire was started by a naked flame inside the wardrobe in one of the upstairs attic bedrooms in the converted bungalow at around 11.30pm on January 7, following a family party to celebrate the children’s mother, Michelle Smith’s birthday.

Ms Smith, who has five other children, was led out of the house by firefighters.

At the inquest, a statement from Detective Superintendent Dermott Horrigan, leading the investigation, was read out.

He said: “Now we have completed a second post mortem I have spoken with the Coroner and requested we now release the bodies of Reece, Holly, Ella and Jordan to the family so they can go ahead and make funeral arrangements which I know they have been longing to do.

“This investigation is still ongoing and we will continue to support the family.”

The inquest has been adjourned pending further enquiries.

Last week Ms Smith made a desperate appeal for help to catch her children’s killer.

Dyson Allen, 18, arrested on suspicion of murder following the fire, is on bail pending further inquiries.