FIRST PICS: Tragic young couple killed in Easter Sunday house blaze

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DEAD: Jill Harrison (left), 22, & Danny Earl, 25 died in a fire in Cumbria on Easter Sunday

“There was a partial collapse of the building which hampered our rescue activities.”

Sean Harvey, Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service

The bodies of Danny Earl, 25, and Jill Harrison, 22, were recovered from a terraced house in the village of Knock, near the Lake District. Firefighters were called to their home at about 2am on Sunday, where they battled through the night to rescue the trapped pair. Four fire engines were called from nearby Appleby, Penrith and Kirkby Stephen and an aerial ladder platform was brought from Carlisle to help the rescue attempt.

Firefighters used two breathing apparatus, three hose reel jets and the ladder platform to put out the fire.

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BLAZE: Firefighters worked through the night to put out the inferno in Knock, Cumbria

But this wasn’t before it had spread to neighbouring houses — where residents were able to scramble to safety. Fire crews are looking into the cause of the blaze. Sean Harvey, station manager with Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service, said: “There was a partial collapse of the building which hampered our rescue activities.

“We worked to make it safe to go in and complete the search for the missing people.

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WRECKAGE: Part of the floor of the house collapsed during the fire, hampering rescue efforts

“We are now at the scene with Cumbria Police to try to establish the cause of the fire.” According to his Facebook, Danny and Jill had been in a relationship since 2015. In a statement, Cumbria Police said: “The emergency services dealing with the fire at a property in Knock in the early hours of yesterday morning have recovered two bodies.

“Those who have died are believed to be Jill Harrison, 22, and Danny Earl, 25 both of Knock, near Appleby.

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MAP: The fire happened in Knock near Appleby, Cumbria

“Specialist officers are working with the families, both of whom have been informed.

“No other persons are outstanding following the fire and investigations are continuing into the cause.

“Emergency services personnel would like to thank the local community in Knock for all of their support over the last 36 hours.”

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