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Fire dead 'not involved in attack'
Police have said they cannot rule out a house fire in Leicester being linked to the murder of a man nearby (Rui Vieira/PA)
Four family members killed in a house fire had no connections to a street attack in which a man was murdered, police in Leicester have confirmed.
Leicestershire Police said officers were still investigating possible links between the murder of a man in the city and the deaths of a mother and her three children in the house blaze seven hours later.
But inquiries have found "absolutely no evidence" to suggest anyone who lived at the fire-hit property was involved in any way with the earlier incident.
Shehnila Taufiq, who was in her 40s, died along with her 19-year-old daughter and sons, aged 17 and 15, in the blaze at their home in Wood Hill, Leicester, early on Friday.
It is feared the family's property was targeted by mistake in a revenge attack following the earlier incident in nearby Kent Street.
Leicestershire's Assistant Chief Constable Roger Bannister said in a statement: "While we are investigating links between the two crimes there is absolutely no evidence to suggest those who died in the fire, or indeed anyone else who lives in that property, was involved in the assault in Kent Street.
"Because of the close proximity - in terms of time and location - of the two incidents, it is right that we look at whether there are links between the two crimes.
"However, at this stage in our investigations we have found nothing to suggest the residents of the house devastated by the fire had anything to do with the Kent Street incident."
The officer added: "We have three people in custody in relation to the murder of the young man in Kent Street and we continue with the complex forensic investigations at Wood Hill.
"However, we know there are local people who know more about both incidents and the people responsible and we would appeal to their consciences. Two families have been devastated by events of the past 48 hours. Please help us to find those responsible."