Three children die and mother critical after house fire

Gibson children
Fiona Gibson and her younger brothers Philip (left) and Alexander (right) died at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow.

By Democrat reporter

BBC Scotland is reporting that three children have died and their mother is critically ill after a fire at their flat in Paisley.

The alarm was raised at about 21:00 on Friday after the blaze broke out in the upper cottage flat in Renfrew Road.

Fiona Gibson, 12, and her brothers Alexander, eight, and Philip, five, died at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow.

The children’s 39-year-old mother was taken to the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley in a critical condition.

A police spokesman said: “An investigation is under way to establish the exact circumstances of this incident.”

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said six fire crews were met with a “well developed” blaze.

Fire crews at scene

Anyone with information is asked to contact officers.

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted: “No words are enough. It’s just heartbreaking. My thoughts are with all who loved these poor children. Fiona, Alexander and Philip – may you rest in peace.”

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