A young girl and a man have tragically died after a house fire in west Hull.

Emergency services were called to Wensley Avenue, off Cottingham Road, at 7.50am on Saturday morning after reports of a fire at a house.

Fire, police and ambulance services worked to extinguish the blaze and get the occupants out of the building.

But tragically two people lost their lives in the fire. The man was pronounced dead at the scene while the girl, who police believe to be eight years old and who had been taken to hospital, has also sadly died.

The house in Wensley Avenue remains cordoned off as emergency services attempt to establish the cause of the fire.

Investigations at the scene in Wensley Avneue
Investigations at the scene in Wensley Avneue

A Humberside Police statement said: “Emergency services are currently at the scene of a fire at a house on Wensley Avenue in Hull.

“Humberside Fire and Rescue, ambulance and police were called at 7.50am today to reports of a fire at a house. Emergency services worked to extinguish the fire and get the occupants out of the building.

“Tragically two people have died in the fire.

"A man was pronounced dead at the scene and an eight year-old girl, who had been taken to hospital, has sadly died.

“There will be a scene guard in place today as emergency services continue to work together to establish the cause of the fire.

“If anyone is able to help with our investigations please call us on 101 quoting log 127 25 January 2020.”

A woman whose daughter knew the little girl who tragically died said: “I’m heartbroken. I just can’t believe it, I just can’t believe it.”

Carl Goodfellow, who lives on the street, said the emergency services arrived at about 8am.

He said he came outside when he could hear shouting and saw smoke coming out of the house.

He tried to warn the occupants of the house by banging on the door and shouting through the letterbox but said it was “to no avail”.

Mr Goodfellow said: “It’s devastating, you just don’t expect this sort of thing do you.

“I know him as a neighbour, we sent each other Christmas cards and stuff, but hadn’t been inside each others houses or anything.”

Shelbie Rhodes, 25, moved onto the street with her boyfriend and little boy in October.
“I was woken up by the flashing lights,” she said.
“My boyfriend came down first and stood in the front garden and then I put my dressing gown on and went out too.

“Literally everyone was stood outside.”
She said there were three fire engines, two ambulances and four police cars at the scene initially and added that residents were told to go back inside by police.

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