Monday, March 4

Desperate neighbours carried children out of arson hit house in Hamstead Birmingham



Two children have been killed in a suspected arson attack at a Birmingham home.

The young boy and girl died after the blaze which broke out at Holland Road in Hamstead at 3.40am.

The area has been cordoned off by police and Hamstead Hill has been closed in both directions, between Cherry Orchard Road and Selborne Road.

Witnesses told how desperate neighbours helped to carry the two children out of the house and on to the front lawn.

Lashman Sehmar’s son owns the house next to the property where two children died in a suspected arson attack.

He currently rents it out to a female tenant who told him how neighbours helped pull the boy and girl out of the house and placed them on the lawn.

He said: “She rang us and she said there was a fire next door and her alarm went off.

The youngsters were taken to hospital but they died later.

The house which sits at the top of a road is sealed off this morning and there are police standing guard outside the cordon.

Bouquets of flowers have been placed at one side of the cordon by neighbours.

Neighbour Brian Ball, 66, said he was woken by the unfolding tragedy in the early hours: ”About 4.30am, the place was totally packed with police and the fire brigade.

“I saw two firemen put up a ladder at the bottom window, there was a fire hose at the back.

“It was a hive of police activity. The roads were cut off. Some of my neighbours said that there had been a fatality.“