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Tragedy as five die in house fire.

FIVE members of the same family died in a fire minutes after the father of the house left for work, friends said today.

Two children were said to be among the victims pulled from the blaze in Leicester early this morning.

A woman was heard screaming for help from an upstairs bedroom but she could not be rescued, neighbours said.

The blaze broke out in the semi-detached house in Somerville Road in the Rowley Fields area of the city, just after 5am.

It is believed the father of the two children had just left home to set up his stall selling nightwear on Leicester Market.

Neighbours said his wife, brother, children and mother were all killed in the blaze.

Neighbour Amarjit Singh said the blaze had been so fierce that people awoke to find smoke filling the road.

He said: "It all happened so quickly. A woman was shouting 'Help' at the back of the house.

"The woman rang a neighbour to say her house was on fire. All the houses were covered in smoke.

"She did try her best, poor lady. It is a total shock."

Chief Fire Officer David Webb later told a press conference at the scene that he could not confirm the identities of the five victims.

He said the fire crews arrived to discover flames leaping from the front and back of the house.

He added that the cause of the blaze was not yet known but they were not ruling out any suspicious circumstances.

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TRAGIC SCENE: Firefighters in Somerville Road, Leicester, this morning
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