Man arrested on suspicion of murder after girls aged 1 and 3 die in house fire

Police have arrested a man in connection with an arson attack in Nottinghamshire today (November 20) in which two young girls died.

The 31-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder following the fire on Fairisle Close, Clifton, at around 3.17am this morning.

The two girls, aged one and three, along with a young woman were injured in the blaze and taken to Queen's Medical Centre for treatment.

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Sadly, the two girls both died. The woman remains in a critical condition.

Earlier today cops launched a murder investigation after a joint fire and police investigation concluded the fire had been started deliberately.

The 31-year-old man from Clifton remains in police custody.

Inspector Ben Lawrence, who has led reassurance patrols in the local community following the fire, said: “These are clearly very sad circumstances and our thoughts continue to be with the family of those involved.

“This has also been an extremely traumatic event for the local community, especially for neighbours who have been left shocked and deeply saddened by the deaths of two very young children."

He added: “We've increased reassurance patrols in the area and if anyone has any concerns we'd encourage them to speak to one of our officers.”

Anyone with information should contact the police using the online public portal here.

You can also call Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting incident 0110_20112022.

Alternatively, people can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or online at

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