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Last Updated: Sunday, 26 March 2006, 09:43 GMT 10:43 UK
Inquiry into fatal house inferno
Newport fire scene
Rescuers were beaten back by the intensity of the flames
Fire investigation officers and police are still investigating the cause of a blaze in which two women died and a man seriously injured in Shropshire.

Glenys Ellis, 58, and her daughter Melissa Ellis, 28, died in the fire at their home in Newport in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Glenys Ellis' husband, Anthony Ellis, 59, suffered 50% burns in the fire and remains in hospital.

A police spokesman said the inquiry was still in its early stages.

Neighbours managed to rescue two children, aged 11 and five, from the house in Fishers Lock, by using a ladder.

Severe fire

We are talking about minutes where things could have improved the situation and we are asking ourselves why we couldn't have got there a bit faster
Neighbour
The fire broke out shortly after midnight on Saturday and was so intense police officers were unable to get inside to help.

Neighbours spoke of how they heard shouting and cries for help.

One neighbour said he heard shouting and when he went outside saw a couple of people with ladders trying to get to the house.

"The flames were pretty high at that point," he said.

He said the neighbourhood was shocked at what had happened.

"I think we all feel we could have done a bit more. We are talking about minutes where things could have improved the situation and we are asking ourselves why we couldn't have got there a bit faster."

Divisional officer Martin Timmis of Shropshire Fire and Rescue said crews had been faced with a very severe fire.




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