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Birmingham family victims of suspected arson attack

The fire damaged house in Crompton Road, Nechells
Image caption Police said the fire started in the early hours of the morning

A family of eight suffered burns and the effects of smoke inhalation when they were the victims of a suspected arson attack in Birmingham.

West Midlands police are appealing for witnesses to the fire which happened in Crompton Road, Nechells, at about 0500 BST.

A fire service spokesman said a 28-year-old woman was taken to hospital with 30% burns and a broken ankle.

Police said her ankle injury was caused when she jumped from a window.

A man and a woman in their 20s were also hospitalised with 20% burns and a woman in her 20s was taken to hospital suffering from the effects of smoke inhalation.

Four others were treated at the scene, also after suffering from smoke inhalation.

One of the family's dogs died in the fire and another was rescued by firefighters.

Anyone who witnessed anything suspicious on Crompton Road around the time of the fire is asked to contact police.

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