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Man and woman released under investigation in connection with fatal Stafford house fire

Two people arrested following a house fire in Stafford, which claimed the lives of four young children, have been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

Riley Holt, aged eight, Keegan Unitt, aged six, Tilly Rose Unitt, aged four, and Olly Unitt, aged three, died in the blaze on Sycamore Lane in the Highfields areas of the town in the early hours of Tuesday 5 February.

A 24-year-old woman and a 28-year-old man were arrested on suspicion of manslaughter by gross negligence, but released on bail on 8 February.

Detectives have now released them under investigation. 

Detective Inspector Alan Lyford, of Staffordshire Police, said: “This is a complex investigation and work continues to establish the circumstances of exactly what happened. 

“We do appreciate there is a continuing demand for answers, but our primary aim remains to understand exactly what happened in this tragic fire and we will update as soon as we are able to.” 

"We want to thank the community for their patience and support while we continue to investigate.”

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