27.3.16 Fire thought to have caused deaths of three people at house in Leeds


Joanne Semple, 36, Kelly Taylor, 28, and an as-yet-unnamed 18-year-old man are thought to have died from smoke inhalation.  Three Rottweiler’s also died.

The three people found dead at the house in Leeds appear to have died as a result of a fire that started in the living room at the address, police have said.  A neighbour told how he thought his boiler was faulty when smoke started seeping into his house. 

Police, fire and ambulance personnel attended the terraced house and found the bodies of two women and the man on Sunday 27th March 2016.  There was evidence of a small fire, which appeared to have burned out in the early hours of Saturday morning. 

The women are believed to have been the occupants and the man their friend.  It is thought that the mother of one of the women raised the alarm after not being able to reach her daughter and noticing blackened windows at the property. 

DCI Ian Scott, of West Yorkshire police homicide and major inquiry team, said: “The initial indications from the post mortem examinations are that all three people appear to have died as a result of a fire that started in the living room at the address. 

“We are still treating the deaths as unexplained at this stage and are continuing to make extensive inquiries to establish the full circumstances. 

“We believe the fire and the resulting deaths have occurred overnight Friday into Saturday.” 

The man found in the house has not yet been identified.

On Monday, the front window of the house was still stained a black charcoal colour as police remained outside the property. 

Officers had cordoned off the street while forensic specialists in white suits worked inside the house. Local people gathered to watch the police activity. 

Police are not believed to be looking for anyone in connection with the deaths, though all lines of inquiry remain open. 

Story collated by Liz Turnbull.

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