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SCOTLAND: Three young children die after fire at a flat in Paisley, Scotland

A 39-year-old woman, reported to be the children’s mother, is also in a critical condition at Paisley’s Royal Alexandra Hospital.

Siblings Fiona, Philip and Alexander James Gibson were pronounced dead soon after the fire broke out on Friday night.

  • Three children aged 12, eight and five have died in hospital after a flat fire in Scotland.

The fire began at an upstairs flat in Paisley, Renfrewshire, at around 9pm on Friday, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said.

The children have been named as Fiona Gibson, 12, and her two brothers Alexander James, eight, and Philip, five.

They were taken to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow, but died shortly after.

A 39-year-old woman, reported to be the children’s mother, is also in a critical condition at Paisley’s Royal Alexandra Hospital.

Pictures from the scene showed the property with the upstairs windows smashed and walls blackened by ash.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeondescribed the children’s deaths as “heartbeaking”.

She wrote on Twitter: “No words are enough. My thoughts are with all who loved these poor children. Fiona, Alexander and Philip – may you rest in peace.”

The Renfrewshire & Inverclyde Police Division said in a statement: “An investigation is under way to establish the exact circumstances of this incident.

“Anyone who has information that could assist our enquiries should contact police via telephone number 101 quoting incident number 3669 of 19 June 2020.”

A report will be sent to the procurator fiscal, who investigates all sudden or suspicious deaths in Scotland, a spokesman added.
— Sky news