EXCLUSIVE: First police report on fatal fire

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A fire at a house in North Wingfield which killed four people is believed to have started behind a television in the living room, it has emerged.

Emergency services were called to the blaze on Williamthorpe Road at about 5am on Wednesday.

Claire James, 27, Josie Leighton, 32, and her two sons Tyler Green, nine, and Jordan Green, 12, died following the fire.

Their inquests were opened at Chesterfield coroners’ court this afternoon.

During the hearing, Det Insp Tony Britton, of Derbyshire police, said: “The seat of the fire is believed to be behind the television in the front living room.”

Post mortem examinations carried out yesterday revealed all four died from smoke inhalation.

Police do not believe the blaze to be suspicious at this stage.

Investigations into the exact cause of the fire are continuing.