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Milton Keynes woman and girl died from smoke inhalation

Bola Ejifunmilayo and daughter Fiyin
Image caption The bodies of Bola Ejifunmilayo and daughter Fiyin were found the day after the fire

A woman and her three-year-old daughter found after a Milton Keynes house fire died from the effects of breathing in smoke, tests have shown.

The bodies of Bola Ejifunmilayo, 29, and Fiyin were found in the house in Fishermead on Monday. They died during the fire early on Sunday.

A post-mortem examination showed the causes of death was smoke inhalation.

A 48-year-old woman from Corby, Northamptonshire, has been bailed on suspicion of arson.

Mrs Ejifunmilayo's family said in a statement: "She had many friends within Milton Keynes, especially Fishermead, and was always willing to help others."

Woman rescued

They said she was "affectionate with a joyful spirit" and Fiyin was looking forward to beginning school next week.

Her family described her as a devoted Christian who attended the Redeemed Christian Church of God and was part of its choir.

Five separate groups are believed to have been living at the house, which was not registered for multiple occupancy.

Milton Keynes Council said an investigation in 2009 showed it was occupied by a single family.

One woman was rescued from the fire, which broke out in the early hours of Sunday morning.

A firefighter was injured trying to enter the bedroom in which the bodies of Mrs Ejifunmilayo and Fiyin were later found.

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