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Funeral for three killed in fire

Funeral of Carly Swift, Jordan Swift and Jordan Hargreaves
Carly Swift's coffin was pink followed by her brother and step-brother's

Mourners have gathered at Manchester Cathedral to pay their respects to three family members who were killed after a fire swept through their home.

Carly Swift, 19, died soon after the fire at the family's townhouse in Herne Street, Openshaw, Manchester, in July.

Her brother, Jordan, 14, a Manchester City fan, and step-brother John Hargreaves, eight, also died. John's father, Kevin, is accused of murder.

To honour Jordan the cortege drove past the City of Manchester stadium.

Rescue attempt

His coffin was draped in the white and blue of his team's colours.

A pink coffin belonged to his sister, Ms Swift, who it is believed had attempted to rescue her brother and her step-brother.

They were among the three adults and nine children who were in the three-storey house when the fire broke out at about 0500 BST on 16 July.

Sue Owen
Sue Owen managed to escape from the house with five of her children

The victims' mother, Sue Owen, 36, managed to escape from the house with her other children, Ashley Swift, 17, Louis Swift, 11, Connor Hargreaves, nine, Alice Hargreaves, five, and Reece Hargreaves, three.

Two other children who were staying as guests were unharmed.

Funeral director Malcolm Blair, a close friend of the family, said burying children was every director's "worst nightmare".

"You can't even think how Sue [the children's mother] must be feeling at this moment," he told the BBC.

"I don't know how anybody can come to terms with this."

Mr Blair, who has organised the funeral, said the service was important for the whole community.

"We've got a lot of children in the area who are friends, in particular with John and Jordan, and of course it's affected everyone," he added.

"It's affected everybody deeply because at the end of the day these are three children and it's terribly sad.

"It's an emotional day for everybody."

Kevin Hargreaves, of no fixed address, who is currently on remand, suffered burns and was treated in hospital.

He is due to appear at Manchester Crown Court on 18 January.

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The coffins belonging to Carly Swift, her brother Jordan and step-brother John Hargreaves are carried into Manchester Cathedral



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