Two children who were found dead in a suspected arson attack at their home in Birmingham have been identified by police.

Emergency services were called to the property in Holland Road, Hamstead, at around 3.40am on Friday (28 October).

Firefighters extinguished a blaze in the hallway of the home where they found eight-year-old Saros Enris and his sister Leanor, six, struggling to breathe.

Neighbours had attempted to resuscitate them after they were pulled from the burning building however paramedics said "nothing could be done" to save either child who had suffered cardiac arrests.

The children were pronounced dead shortly after they arrived in hospital, Sky News reports.

Their father, who is in his 40s, was discovered hours later in a burnt out Vauxhall car in Newcastle-under-Lyme at 7.15am on Friday, four hours after the building was set alight. He remains in a critical condition in hospital.

Neighbour, Ian Jameson, 54, told Mail Online the local community has been shocked by the tragedy. "Their deaths have shocked my kids as well as everyone else. He was such a lovely lad, it will be such a shock to not see them anymore.

"I saw the dad now and again getting in and out of the car, I think he said hello once or twice in the year they've lived here.

"I never met the mother, I've been here for 20 years and everyone seems to know everyone more or less but they kept themselves very much to themselves."

Police said they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the house fire which killed the two young children.

Detective Inspector Justin Spanner, from West Midlands Police, said: "This is an absolutely tragic set of circumstances and my thoughts are with everyone who has been affected.

"We are still at the early stages of understanding exactly what happened and why - but at this time I can confirm we are not looking for anyone else in connection with this investigation.

"I am still keen to hear from anyone who was in the area in the early hours of yesterday morning and who has not yet spoken to us, please do get in touch."

The children's mother was not seriously injured in the fire and is being treated as a witness.

Police can be contacted on 101 or information can be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.