CONFIRMED: Boy, 10, dead after Pitsea fire as brother, 13, remains in critical condition

By Charles Thomson in Emergency Services

POLICE have confirmed the death of a 10-year-old boy who was trapped in a burning house on Bank Holiday Monday.

The youngster - named on social media as ’Taylor’ - passed away last night.

It is not known what injuries or conditions he suffered in Beambridge bungalow fire, from which he was rescued by firefighters before being transported to hospital in a life-threatening condition.

His 13-year-old brother was also rescued from the blaze and hospitalised in a life-threatening condition.

The Essex fire service has ruled the fired was accidental but refused to disclose the cause.

An Essex Police spokesman said: "A boy has sadly died following a fire at a home in Pitsea. Two brothers, aged 10 and 13, were trapped inside. They were rescued and taken to hospital.

"The older boy remains in hospital in a critical but stable condition. Sadly, his brother died last night, Thursday, May 4. Formal identification has yet to take place.

"A joint fire and police investigation has concluded the cause of the fire was not suspicious. A file will be prepared for the coroner."

Social media has been flooded with hundreds of messages of condolence.

Goodys Tattoo Studio has announced it will donate all earnings from tattoos between Sunday, May 7, and Wednesday, May 10, to the family.

A fundraising page collecting money for the family has raised more than £3,400 in the last day.

To contribute, visit: https://www.gofundme.com/to-help-family-of-pitsea-house-fire.

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