Tragedy as seven-year-old girl dies in hospital five days after house blaze – as boy, 16, is arrested over ‘arson’
- Girl, seven, was at the Darlington home when fire tore through it on Saturday
- She died yesterday after the police arrested a teenager on suspicion of arson
- Durham Constabulary say that the boy had been released under investigation
Sebastian Murphy-bates For Mailonline
A girl aged seven has died following a house fire after a 16-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of arson.
The blaze tore through a Darlington home on Saturday afternoon, when the youngster was rushed to hospital.
But the girl died yesterday and police are continuing to investigate the fire in County Durham.
A girl has died aged just seven years old following the fire which tore through this house in County Durham
The property in Darlington is pictured after this weekend’s fire and police have investigated a 16-year-old on suspicion of arson
A Durham Police spokesperson told The Sun: ‘A 7-year-old girl has died in hospital following a house fire in Darlington.
‘Fire crews, police and an air ambulance were called to Esk Road, at about 1.50pm on Saturday, November 1.
A teenager has been arrested as police continue to investigate the fire at this house in Darlington, County Durham
A young girl has died five days after fire ripped through this house in County Durham. Police have arrested a boy on suspicion of arson
‘The child died in the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle, yesterday. A post-mortem is due to be held in the coming days.’
Durham Constabulary arrested a 16-year-old boy on suspicion of arson and then released him under investigation.
Detective Chief Inspector Traci McNally, said: ‘A police investigation is underway. Our thoughts are with the little girl’s family and friends following this tragic incident.’
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