Stafford blaze that killed four children 'was NOT caused by cannabis growing or ...

Police have denied that a blaze which killed four children in Stafford last week was caused by cannabis growing or a faulty boiler, after online speculation. 

Riley Holt, eight, Keegan Unitt, six, Tilly Rose Unitt, four, and Olly Unitt, three, all perished in the devastating fire last Tuesday as it tore through a suburban home in the Midlands town. 

Their mother and father, Natalie Unitt, 24, and her partner Chris Moulton, 28, were arrested shortly afterwards, but were released on bail having been questioned by police on suspicion of gross negligence manslaughter.

A spokesman for Staffordshire Police told the BBC they could 'rule out cannabis growth and also do not believe the boiler is involved' after social media speculation.

Left to right: Keegan Unitt, six, Tilly Rose Unit, four, Olly Unitt, three, and Riley Holt, died in the blaze in Stafford in the early hours of yesterday morning

Left to right: Keegan Unitt, six, Tilly Rose Unit, four, Olly Unitt, three, and Riley Holt, died in the blaze in Stafford in the early hours of yesterday morning

The investigation into the incident is still ongoing.  

The parents leapt from the first-floor window with their youngest child, Jack, two, after the inferno broke out. 

Staffordshire Police said on Saturday evening that they had released the 24-year-old woman and 28-year-old man on bail while inquiries continue. 

The couple's sons, Olly, three, and Keegan, six, died alongside their daughter Tilly, four, and Miss Unitt's eldest child, Riley, eight, who was from an earlier relationship. 

Mr Moulton is understood to have received treatment for burns and Ms Unitt for smoke inhalation. 

It remains unclear what caused the fire but early suggestions have pointed to a 'gas explosion', which could have been sparked by a faulty boiler. 

Workmen boarded up the fire-ravaged house today as police left the scene.  

The couple were arrested at about 1.30pm on Friday, with Staffordshire Police warning the public not to jump to conclusions.

Parents Natalie Unitt, 24, and Chris Moulton, 28, have now been released on bail following their arrest

Parents Natalie Unitt, 24, and Chris Moulton, 28, have now been released on bail following their arrest

On Saturday, the force said: 'A 24-year-old woman and a 28-year-old man arrested on suspicion of manslaughter by gross negligence following a house fire in Stafford have been bailed while inquiries continue.'

Noting the 'huge impact on the community', officers called for the public not to speculate as to the circumstances of the fire.

Family members had earlier

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