A firefighter has spoken out about the fatal fire that left two young brothers dead.

Chris Kirby, West Yorkshire area manager, attended the blaze in a semi-detached house on Alder Street in Fartown with two crews from Huddersfield and one from Rastrick at 2.05pm yesterday.

The house did not have working smoke detectors.

Despite rescuing the boys, who were taken by ambulance to hospital, they later died.

Mr Kirby described the "huge impact" the incident, which is being treated by West Yorkshire Police as a "tragic accident", will have on the family, community and fire fighters.

West Yorkshire Fire Service district commander for Kirklees, Chris Kirby.

"We attended the scene and were told by the boys mother, who had escaped with her six-year-old son, that two of her children were still inside.

"Our crews worked very quickly to find the fire and extinguish it.

"They then performed rescues on the boys, who had suffered significant smoke inhalation.

"The fire is not thought to be suspicious.

"We would like to stress that our thoughts are with the family at this very difficult time.

Two boys aged two and three died after being trapped in a bedroom at a house in Alder Street, Fartown.

"These incidents are very rare and when they occur there is a huge impact on the family, the community and on crews."

Mr Kirby talked about how firefighters cope with such tragedies.

"There were fire fighters with tears in their eyes and they were obviously shuck up.

"Afterwards we went back to base to talk, because they comfort in speaking to one another about incidents like this.

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"We always offer staff access to counselling services but we find that our crews are resilient and find comfort in being a team.

"The crews are back on duty today."

Fire crews will revisit the scene today to inform people of the importance of having working smoke detectors.

"We will be back to conduct interviews.

Alder Street in Fartown, scene of a fatal house fire in which two young boys died.

"Some of our crews, though not necessarily the ones who attended yesterday, will be in the area offering fire safety advice and smoke detector installation to the community.

"These tragic instances are rare but having a smoke alarm can give people that bit of extra time to escape.

"We need to get this message out about the importance of having working smoke detectors loud and clear.

"We urge people to ensure they have one installed and check that it is working regularly.

"We would also ask people to check the alarms of vulnerable people who live nearby."