First picture of mum and dad-of-four killed in house fire alongside girl, 4
A mum and dad-of-four who died in a house fire have been pictured for the first time.
Daniel Rudge, 29, and Kaylie Rudge, 28, and their four-year-old daughter Lilly were killed when a blaze tore through their home on Sunday morning in Devon.
Their three other children – aged nine, seven and four – were in the house in St David's, Exeter, during the fire and were taken to hospital, police said.
Images of keen biker Daniel and full-time mum Kaylie have been shared as a fundraiser is launched and family tributes paid, MirrorOnline reports.
Daniel's sister Mandy Rudge, 31, said at her parents' home today: "There's not much we can say, words cannot describe how we feel.
"I've lost a brother, sister and niece. We were talking with them only the other day and now they're gone.
"Kaylie was the most beautiful person in the whole world and Daniel has the biggest heart in the world. They would do anything for anyone."
Mandy said the family have not been given any indication of how the fire started.
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She added: "We have no idea how it started."
The family have so far declined to name the children in hospital.
A GoFundMe fundraiser has been started by the Demon's motorbike group – which Daniel had been a member of for around a year.
The blurb reads: "On behalf of friends of the family and the bike club that Dan was a member of, i am helping to set up this go fund me page for the family.
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"This will help their family cover costs for funerals, travel, child care and for the other children for in the present and the future."
Police, who have confirmed all the victims were related, described the fire as "deeply upsetting" and have opened an investigation into the cause.
Officers arrived at the scene in the city at around 5.30am on Sunday after being called by the ambulance and fire service.
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In a statement yesterday, Chief Superintendent of Devon and Cornwall Police Daniel Evans said: "Two boys aged 4 and 9, and a 7-year-old girl who were also in the house at the time of the fire remain in hospital.
"All three are currently in a stable condition, and all will be transferred to Bristol Children’s Hospital later today; all six within the property are related to each other.
"We are working closely with specialist scene investigators to help us understand how this tragic incident could have occurred, but currently there is nothing to indicate any third-party involvement in this matter and therefore we are not seeking anyone in connection to this fire at this time."
The flag at Exeter's Civic Centre will be flown at half-mast today in tribute to the family. Exeter City Council leader Cllr Phil Bialyk said: "We will of course do anything we can to support the community."
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