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Article date - 16 November 2017
In the early hours of Sunday morning (12 November), Merseyside Police and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service received a report of a fire at a house in Park Avenue, Haydock.
Two adults and three children were removed from the house by emergency services, suffering smoke inhalation.
Ever since, St Helens Council and partners, including the charity Refugee Action, have been working with the family to find them suitable accommodation, and can today (16 November) confirm that they are now settled in a new home in the borough.
St Helens Council Leader Barrie Grunewald said: "We were all sickened to hear of this disgusting attack on a Syrian family who came to St Helens seeking protection after fleeing conflict in their home country.
“The wellbeing of this young family was of the utmost importance and I’m pleased to hear that such swift action was taken to ensure their safety, and that they have now been resettled.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the staff involved in re-homing the family for showing so much care and compassion – and of course to the local community and neighbours who came out in force to help by collecting donations.
"If anyone has any information in relation to the attack, I would urge them to contact Merseyside Police on 101, quoting the Crime Reference Number 0517289293, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."