Two children have died and their mother suffered life-changing injuries in a house fire in Cambridgeshire.
Police said it is believed the fire broke out at around 7am on Thursday at the three-storey house in Buttercup Avenue, Eynesbury.
Cambridgeshire Police said a three-year-old boy and a seven-year-old girl were pronounced dead at the scene.
Their 35-year-old mother was taken to hospital with life-changing injuries and her partner, a 46-year-old man, suffered minor injuries.
Police said in a statement: “The cause of the fire is yet to be established, however police are working with fire investigators to get to the route of the blaze.”
Police and fire service officers are continuing their investigations at the property on Friday.
Windows on the terraced home’s second and third floors are completely burnt-out with the rooms inside blackened and guttering melted away.
The house is on a modern estate near St Neots, with many homes decorated for Christmas – including a festive wreath on one immediate neighbour’s door.
Neighbour Charles Cooper, 30, said: “The flames went up fairly swiftly.
“By the time my wife and I woke up the firefighters had already arrived.
“It took a good three or four hours before the smoke abated.
“The flames were coming out of the top window.”
He said he did not know the family to speak to but said “we would give them a wave”.
He added: “I’ve seen the children playing in the garden.
“Everyone’s perfectly polite and pleasant but it’s not the sort of place we all get together on a regular basis.”
A GoFundMe page set up by a neighbour with a target of raising £1,000 for the family had reached almost £2,500 by mid-morning on Friday.