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Broadheath fatal house fire: Cailin Van Straaten wakes

Scene of fatal house fire in Broadheath
Image caption The children's mother Tracy Jones was rescued from the house by neighbours and remains in a coma

A young woman who was seriously burnt in a house fire that killed her brother and her mother's ex-partner has woken from a coma.

Cailin Van Straaten, 18, who escaped the blazing house on Barlow Road, Broadheath, on 19 September remains in a "very poorly" condition.

Her mother Tracy Jones, 40, is still in a coma and her younger brother Zachary, four, is stable.

The fire is believed to have been started deliberately by Dave Potts.

Mr Potts, who had previously been in a relationship with Ms Jones, died shortly after the fire.

Shaun Van Straaten, 15, who also managed to escape from the house, died from his injuries two days later.

Referred to IPCC

A police spokeswoman said: "Cailin is conscious but is still being treated in the intensive care unit at Wythenshawe Hospital."

She said that Zachary had been moved to the burns unit at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital where his condition is improving.

It is believed that Mrs Jones, who has been in an induced coma since being rescued by neighbours, is unaware of her elder son's death.

Greater Manchester Police said the family was already known to officers due to previous reports of harassment.

Its professional standards branch has voluntarily referred the matter to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

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