A three year old girl injured in a house fire in Walkden has died.

Lia Person was taken to hospital after flames tore through the house in Salford, just before 5am on Monday.

Her brothers and sisters Demi Pearson, 15, Brandon Pearson, 8 and Lacie Pearson, 7 also died in the fire.

The children’s mother is currently fighting for her life in hospital.

A man and a woman appeared in court earlier today charged with the murder of three other children who died in the same fire.

The children’s grandmother, Sandra Lever, paid tribute to her grandchildren on Facebook:

Zac Bolland, 22, of Blackleach Drive, Worsley, and Courtney Brierley, 20, of Worsley Avenue, Worsley were in the dock at Manchester Magistrates’ Court today.

They are charged with three counts of murder, four counts of attempted murder and one count of arson with intent to endanger life.

The case was adjourned and the defendants were remanded in custody. They will appear before a judge at Manchester Crown Court tomorrow.

Emergency services were called to a mid-terrace on Jackson Drive, Worsley, at 4:58 am on Monday 10 December.

Three children were pronounced dead and have been named as Demi Pearson, 15, Brandon Pearson, eight and Lacie Pearson, seven. Lia’s death now brings the total to four.

Mother of the dead children, Michelle Pearson, 35, remains in a serious condition.

A teenager escaped the fire along with a friend.

A 25-year-old man who was arrested earlier this week remains in police custody.

Three other people who were arrested have now been released on police bail.

Emma Henderson, head teacher at Bridgewater Primary school said: “We are all shocked and deeply saddened by the tragic events that occurred yesterday.

“Our school is very much part of this special community and understands the intense pain experienced at this senseless loss of precious life. We are consoling our pupils and their families and send our deepest sympathies and prayers to all those affected.”

Drew Povey, head teacher, Harrop Fold school, said: “We are all truly devastated by the loss of precious life that our community has recently suffered. Words seem inadequate in these tragic circumstances.

“In these darkest of times, we unite and support our students and their families. Team Harrop mourns alongside the relatives and friends of those whose lives were needlessly and mercilessly taken from them.  The spirit of Salford cannot and will not be crushed. We will work together to comfort and rebuild those lives that have been forever changed.”


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