Cambridge: mother and two children killed in house fire pictured | British News

Gemma Germeney and Scott Peden with children Lilly Peden and Oliver Peden.

Gemma Germeney with partner Scott Peden and children Lilly and Oliver (Image: Facebook/SWNS)

Police have named a mother and two children who died in a house fire in Cambridge.

Gemma Germeney, 31, died at the scene of the fire on Friday morning.

Their daughter Lilly Peden, eight, and son Oliver Peden, four, were taken to hospital for treatment but also later died.

A man in his 30s was also taken to hospital after the fire, where he remains in critical condition.

Although his name is not given, it is believed to be Scott Peden, Mrs Germeney’s partner, the father of Lilly and Oliver.

The Mail Online reported that the family’s two dogs were also believed to have died.

More than 30 firefighters were dispatched to the two-storey duplex apartment at Sackville Close, King’s Hedges, at 1.08am on Friday after being called.

The emergency services managed to prevent the fire, which had spread to both floors, from also affecting the neighboring houses.

The scene of a fire at Sackville Close, Cambridge that killed two children and a woman and seriously injured a man. July 2, 2023. Two children and a woman died in an apartment fire. The Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) said more than 30 firefighters were called to Sackville Close, King's Hedges Ward, Cambridge, around 01:10am BST on Friday. It said a boy and a girl were rescued but later died in hospital and a woman in her 30s died at the scene. A man in his 30s escaped before emergency services arrived and remains in hospital in critical condition.

The fire spread to the ground and first floors of the Cambridge duplex (Image: James Linsell-Clark/SWNS)

Area Commander Stuart Smith said: “This is a devastating and deeply disturbing incident that will touch many people.”

“Our thoughts are with family members, friends and neighbors.” It’s just heartbreaking.

“A fire like this is one of the most serious incidents a firefighter can participate in and we care about the well-being of everyone who responded to or assisted in this incident.”

A Cambridgeshire Police spokesman said: “Our thoughts are with family, friends and the local community following this tragic incident.”

“We are working together with the fire department to determine the most likely cause of the fire.”

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