Four children under 10 die in house fire

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Four young children, all under the age of 10, died in a fire at their home in Derbyshire on Monday night.

The children's 45-year-old mother, named locally as Rachel Henson, escaped and then tried, unsuccessfully, to get back into the house to rescue her children.

Two boys, aged nine and four, and two girls, aged six and two, died in the fire in the semi-detached house near Ashbourne.

Police refused to rule out the possibility that the fire could have been started deliberately, after rumours that threats had been made to torch the house.