A toddler remains in critical but stable condition after a devastating house fire in Cattel Way, Bedworth, which has resulted in criminal charges against one woman.
According to Coventry Live, five children and four adults were present in the suburban home at the time of the fire. A 21-month old girl was transported to Birmingham Children’s Hospital in ‘critical’ condition. The four other children, ranging in ages from 5 to 12, were treated at the scene by paramedics. A woman, described as being in her 30s, has since been arrested on suspicion of child neglect.
“On arrival ambulance crews discovered the fire service treating a girl they had rescued from the property,” a WMAS spokesman explained, the publication confirms. “Upon assessment from ambulance staff she was found to be in an extremely serious condition and specialist trauma care was immediately administered.”
“The girl was then transported to the specialist trauma care centre at Birmingham Children’s Hospital on blue lights and sirens. Unfortunately, upon arrival her condition was described as critical,” they continued. "Ambulance crews also assessed and performed welfare checks on three men, a woman and four other children, all of whom were discharged at the scene."
An investigation has been launched into how the mysterious fire started. Reports say the blaze broke out in the back bedroom of the home around 2 pm. However, many details from the fire remain vague. Namely, it’s unknown if police are treating the fire as arson or not, though the criminal charges suggest it was not merely an accident.
It also remains unclear why the woman was arrested but not the men, and what evidence suggests child neglect factored into the fire. Additionally, it is not clear which of the adults, if any, were the parents of the children.
The woman has since been released on bail and awaits a further trial date as the investigation progresses. Local police have issued a statement asking the public’s help in providing any information on the mysterious fire.
“We’ve launched a thorough investigation into the fire and our thoughts are with the injured girl and her family at this time,” Detective Chief Inspector Tim Sharp, who works in the Warwickshire Police Major Investigation Unit, explained. “We’re appealing for anyone who was in the area at the time to get in touch, especially if they’ve got mobile phone or dash cam footage of the incident.” Information can anonymously be provided to Crime Stoppers over the phone at 0800 555 111.