A family of eight suffered burns and the effects of smoke inhalation when they were the victims of a suspected arson attack in Birmingham.

West Midlands Police is appealing for witnesses to the fire which happened in Crompton Road, Nechells, at about 0500 BST.

A fire service spokesman said a 28-year-old woman was taken to hospital with 30% burns and a broken ankle.

Police said her ankle injury was caused when she jumped from a window.

A man and a woman in their 20s were also hospitalised with 20% burns and a woman in her 20s was taken to hospital suffering from the effects of smoke inhalation.

Four others were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.

One of the family’s pet dogs died in the fire and another was rescued by firefighters.

Anyone who witnessed anything suspicious on Crompton Road around the time of the fire is asked to contact police.

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