Woman questioned over blaze which killed children

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A woman was being questioned by police today over a house fire which claimed the lives of two young children.

Niamh and Cayden Maynard, aged five and two, died in the blaze at their home in Buxton, Derbyshire, last Friday night after they became trapped upstairs.



Their mother, 23-year-old Fiona Adams, jumped to safety from a bedroom window on to a trampoline with her eight-month-old son Kiernan.



Last night Derbyshire Police said a 23-year-old woman had been arrested over the incident.



A police spokeswoman said: "The woman, who is from the Fairfield area of Buxton, was arrested this evening. She will be interviewed by officers in due course."



The spokeswoman said police were "keeping an open mind" about the cause of the fire.



In the days following the tragedy at the end-terrace house in Edale Way, it emerged Ms Adams had reported noise and anti-social behaviour in her back garden just an hour before the fire started.



Derbyshire Police also revealed that officers had been called to the address several times in the past three years - mainly in relation to domestic-related matters and on a few occasions in relation to reports of anti-social behaviour or damage.



But Assistant Chief Constable Steve Cotterill said detectives had no information to indicate the family had been the victim of a "dedicated campaign" of anti-social behaviour.



A 17-year-old youth arrested in connection with the fire was released on Sunday and ruled out as a suspect.