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Amy Smith (far left) and her daughter Ruby Gaunt (C) died in the fire, with Sean Gaunt managing to escapeFacebook

Derbyshire police have arrested three people on suspicion of murder after three people including a baby girl perished in a house fire in Langley Mill.

A 17-year-old from Long Eaton, and a 21-year-old and 43-year-old from Sandiacre were all arrested late last night (22 June) and remain in custody this morning for questioning.

Officers were called to a house in North Street at 4.04am on Sunday (21 June) following reports of a fire.

A man, woman, and female infant died following the fire, which badly damaged the house and a car parked outside. Several neighbouring properties were evacuated as the fire caused a gas leak.

Mother Amy Smith, 17, her six month-old baby daughter Ruby Gaunt, and family friend Edward Green, 17, have been named as the victims. Smith's boyfriend and father of Ruby, Sean Gaunt, was able to flee the engulfed home.

Neighbours clambered into the home using ladders to help those trapped inside, reported the Derby Telegraph, before emergency services arrived.

East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) treated five patients at the scene for smoke inhalation before they were taken to hospital.

Joe Garcia, EMAS associate director of operations, said: "We responded to a very tragic incident during the early hours of this morning where two adults and an infant died.

"Our crews were sent to a fire in Langley Mill after Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service called for our assistance at around 4am.

"Three ambulances, a paramedic team leader and our hazardous area response team were sent to the emergency and provided medical support to five patients for smoke inhalation.

"Four patients were taken to Queens Medical Centre and one patient to Royal Derby Hospital."