Three people have died after a deadly fire broke out at a home in Hertfordshire.

The victims - two women and one man - died in the blaze at Stuarts Close, Hemel Hempstead, earlier today.

Emergency services were called to the scene at 12.34pm.

A joint police and fire investigation has now been launched to determine the cause of the fire.

Detective Inspector Iain MacPherson, from the Beds, Cambs and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, said: “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the three people who have sadly died.

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Emergency fire crews at the scene earlier today

“Police were called at 12.34pm to reports of injuries to several adults in a property in Stuarts Close, Hemel Hempstead.

“Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service were already in attendance as there was a fire at the address.

"Officers and paramedics attended but sadly two women and a man were pronounced dead at the scene.

A joint police and fire investigation has now been launched to determine the cause of the blaze

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“Detectives are investigating the circumstances and forensic officers and the fire investigation team are at the location as part of this."

They later confirmed that "a major police and fire investigation is underway."