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'Everybody is absolutely devastated' – community reacts as murder investigation continues into fatal Wolverhampton house blaze

A murder investigation is continuing after two women were killed in a house blaze in Wolverhampton described as utter devastation.

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Police at the gutted house in Dunstall Hill

The victims, believed to be sisters and aged in their 20s, were found after emergency services were called to Dunstall Hill, in the Dunstall Park area, shortly before 2am on Saturday after reports of a severe fire and smoke billowing from a property.

Forensic dog at the scene in Dunstall Hill

As police and fire investigation squads, including a fire dog, were carrying out their duties in the aftermath of the tragedy, dozens of tearful relatives, friends and neighbours gathered in the street outside the cul-de-sac property which is flanked by houses belonging to members of the same extended family of Pakistani descent.

A relative of the women, who did not want to be named, said: "The immediate family is here. They are too devastated to talk about it.

"We don't know what happened. We live opposite them and we just saw the flames and the smoke coming out of the house.

Police outside the wrecked family home

"We don't know what happened. We don't know who phoned 999."

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