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Champion teenage swimmer Tazmin Pugh and her boyfriend die in Worcester house fire

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A champion teenage swimmer who represented Britain at the Commonwealth Youth Games has died in a house fire with her boyfriend.

Tazmin Pugh, 18, and Josh Kirk, 21, were found dead inside the property in Cotheridge, Worcester.

The cause of the fire is unclear, but police have said nobody is being sought in relation to the blaze.

About 30 firefighters attended the scene after they were called shortly before 8pm on Sunday.

Paramedics from a passing ambulance had spotted the blaze and stopped to help before police and the fire service arrived, Worcester News reports.

Tazmin, who was a member of Pershore Swimming Club in Worcestershire, won gold for Great Britain in the 200m backstroke at the 2016 European Junior Swimming Championships.

She also picked up a bronze medal in the 200m individual medley at the 2015 Commonwealth Games in Samoa.

In a statement on Twitter, Pershore Swimming Club said: “With enormous shock and sorrow that we heard today that Tazmin Pugh has tragically died on Sunday (sic).

“There are no words to describe the horror of losing one so young.

“All at Pershore SC send their thoughts and prayers to her family & friends at this dreadful time.”

The teenager is said to have been a former pupil at Bowbrook House School, Abbey Park Middle School and Pershore High School, all in Worcestershire.

Detective inspector Mark Roberts said: “Following a fire at a property on Bromyard Road, Cotheridge on Sunday, we are leading a thorough investigation with the support of partners across a number of agencies.

“At this stage we are unable to formally release the identity of the 21-year-old and 18-year-old who sadly died, but our thoughts remain with their families.

“I want to reassure members of the local community that no one is being sought in connection with the incident and public safety is not a concern.”

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