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Detectives release photo of wardrobe where fire started
DETECTIVES investigating the murders of a teenager and three children in a house fire in Freckleton are making a further appeal for information.
Emergency services were called to the house on Lytham Road following a report of a fire just before 11.30pm on Saturday 7 January. Four people, 19 year old Reece Smith, four year old twin girls Holly and Ella Smith and Jordan Smith, aged two, tragically died from smoke inhalation.
Detective Superintendent Dermott Horrigan said, "This is a murder investigation into the deaths of four people; a teenage man, his twin sisters and baby brother. We have a major investigation team working on a number of lines of enquiry to establish exactly what happened that night. It is important that people know that we do not believe that this was an accident.
"We believe somebody inside the house on the night of the fire holds the answer to what happened and that the person responsible for causing the fire may well have confided in someone close to them. It is important that misplaced loyalties do not get in the way of somebody coming forward and telling us what they know; as even the smallest piece of information could prove crucial.
"We have a large team of detectives carrying out a number of enquiries and I can assure the public that any information received will be treated in confidence and dealt with appropriately.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the Major Incident Room at Blackpool Police Station on 101.