UPDATE @ 1.25 PM | TWO little girls, aged just two and three, have tragically died after a fire broke out at a house in East Geelong, Victoria this morning.
Police said at a press conference a short time ago that the blaze is understood to have been sparked by a toy falling onto an electrical bar heater in the front bedroom of a home on Loch Street.
Police had initially reported the children as being one and two-years-old, however they have since clarified their age as two and three.
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Detective Senior Sergeant Mark Guthrie said the parents noticed smoke billowing from the children’s room around 8am and ran in to investigate.
The toddlers, who were asleep at the time, were rushed to hospital, however sadly could not be saved and were pronounced deceased.
A 6-month-old baby girl, who was in a different room of the home, was also taken to hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation and is in a non-life threatening condition.
Detective Guthrie described the blaze as a “tragic set of circumstances” and said its had a huge affect on emergency services.
“Emergency crews are feeling very upset for the family,” he said. “No one likes being called to these.”
Police confirmed the arson squad is attending the scene, however they said the fire is not being treated as suspicious.
Investigations are continuing.
Two little girls have died and a six-month-old baby is in hospital after a house fire in East Geelong. The siblings, aged two and three, died from smoke inhalation after a toy fell on their heater. #7News pic.twitter.com/gwiOgcAwPQ
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EARLIER @ 11.00 AM | TWO little girls, aged just one and two, have tragically died after the home they were in was consumed by fire southwest of Melbourne.
Police released a statement a short time ago confirming the devastating news.
Firefighters were called to the house on Loch Street in Geelong East shortly before 8am after the blaze reportedly broke out inside a room.
Victoria Police confirmed three young children, including a 6-month-old baby, were rushed to hospital.
Sadly, two girls aged one and two, could not be saved and were pronounced deceased.
The infant is being treated for smoke inhalation and is in a non-life threatening condition.
Police confirmed the arson squad is attending the scene, however they say the fire is not being treated as suspicious at this stage.
Investigations are ongoing.
— 7 News Adelaide (@7NewsAdelaide) September 13, 2018
There were no further details available at the time of writing.