Father found injured in a suspected arson attack after his two children died

The father of two children who died after a suspected arson attack on their home was found badly injured in a burnt-out car just hours later, police said.

The man, in his 40s, was found with critical injuries in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, after the boy, eight, and a six-year-old girl were pulled from the burning house by neighbours who tried to give first aid.

The children were rushed to hospital from their home in Hamstead, Birmingham, shortly after 3.40am, on Friday, before being pronounced dead. Their father is critical in hospital after being discovered in a Vauxhall Insignia 35 miles away at about 7.15am.

Birmingham fire
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West Midlands Police said they were not looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths.

Neighbours spoke of their sadness, saying the brother and sister had often been seen playing happily in and around the home in Holland Road.

Detectives are still trying to establish the cause of the fire and a post-mortem examination is due to take place on the children on Saturday.

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