An eight-year-old boy has died after a house fire which also left a woman – believed to be his mother – with serious burns.
Emergency services were called to the property in Sandbach, Cheshire, shortly before 03:00 GMT.
The boy was rescued from the upstairs of the building but died at 05:00.
The woman, 35, was found injured outside the house and taken to hospital, where she is said to be in a stable condition.
A police spokesman said: “The cause of the fire, which has since been extinguished, is currently unknown and a full investigation has been launched.”
Four fire crews were sent to the house.