Four children died in a blaze at a property in south London

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Four children aged under five were pronounced dead after an intense blaze across the entire ground floor of a mid-terrace home in Sutton, south London, last night. Eight fire engines and about 60 firefighters battled the flames. Firefighters first entered the mid-terrace house and brought the four kids out of the property. They received CPR without success.The fire was under control by 8.36pm. Graham Norton, assistant director of operations at London Ambulance Service, said resources including advanced paramedics, members of the Hazardous Area Response Team and two trauma teams attended. “This is an incident that has left everyone numb with profound sadness,” London Fire commissioner Andy Roe said. “The welfare of our staff involved in this incident is very important to us and all of them will be offered counselling as a priority,” he added.

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The cause of the blaze is not yet known, and no arrests have been made. The Metropolitan Police said their officers would help with the investigation. Road closures are in place and emergency services remain at the scene.Superintendent Rob Shepherd of the Met Police said: “The thoughts of everyone at the South Area Command Unit are with the family and friends of these four young children, who have suffered such a devastating and tragic loss last night.”