West Midlands Police have arrested two men on suspicion of murder after two women died following a house fire in Wolverhampton this morning.

Police were called to Dunstall Hill, alongside other emergency services, just before 2am in the early hours of this morning (Saturday 11 May).

Two women, understood to be in their early 20s, were tragically confirmed dead at the scene.

Three men and a woman were taken to hospital, with the woman currently in a critical condition, police confirmed.

“Following initial enquiries we’ve arrested two men, aged 19 and 22.

“The men, who are understood to be known to the women, will now be questioned.”

In a statement, officers said “our thoughts are with their loved ones at this terrible time”.

“We’re working with fire service colleagues to establish the cause of the fire and a scene currently remains in place.”

A spokesperson for the force added they had officers in the area continuing enquiries and reviewing all available footage.

West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) issued a statement describing the house fire as a “terrible incident”  after three fire engines were sent to tackle the blaze in Wolverhampton.

“We are extremely saddened by the deaths of two people following a fire at a house in Wolverhampton,” the WMFS statement read. Our thoughts and sympathies are with everyone affected by this terrible incident.

“We understand that three other people were taken to hospital, and that a sixth was discharged at the scene by the ambulance service.”

WMFS confirmed three fire engines and two 4×4 brigade response vehicles attended the scene of the tragedy, crewed by 20 firefighters from Wolverhampton, Fallings Park, Tipton and Bilston fire stations. The first were at the scene three minutes after being mobilised.

They arrived to find a severe fire in an end-terrace property, from which four people had managed to escape.

“Several firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the property. Very sadly, the bodies of two people were found inside.”

The fire was confirmed to have been extinguished shortly before 3am.

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