Tributes have been left outside a Sheffield house after two boys died and four other children were taken to hospital following a “serious incident”.
Police swooped on a house in the Shiregreen area on Friday morning. The boys, aged 13 and 14, died after they were taken to hospital.
Four other children aged 11, 10 and three and one other aged seven months remain in hospital receiving treatment but they are not in a life-threatening condition, a spokesman for South Yorkshire Police said.
The children cannot be named for legal reasons.
A man, 37, and a woman, 37, have been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the incident.
Officers are working to establish how the teenagers died.
The force said officers were called to the semi-detached house in Gregg House Road in the Shiregreen area of the city at around 7.30am.
But detectives have given no indication about the nature of the incident apart from confirming it was not a shooting and that it was confined to the one property.
A spokesman said detectives are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.
Speaking at the scene, Superintendent Paul McCurry said: “I think it’s really important that I reassure the wider community that there’s no wider risk.”
Mr McCurry said: “The investigation is at a very early stage and detectives are working closely with a number of different lines of inquiry.
“Our detectives are supporting the family.”
The senior officer said: “I’m aware of wider speculation regarding the use of weapons. At the moment there is no wider risk to the community in Sheffield.”
He said the children in hospital are conscious, and added: “They are being given the necessary care that they need. And they will be in hospital for certainly the next few hours.”
He said a post-mortem examination would take place later.
Mr McCurry said officers were alerted after an “independent call for assistance”.
People living nearby said they were shocked to see more than a dozen police cars and four ambulances arrive on the tree-lined road.
Detective Chief Inspector Simon Palmer, who is leading the investigation, said: “To allow the investigation to progress, I would please ask that people are mindful of what they are posting on social media, and the potential distress this may cause.”
The street was partially cordoned off as police officers and forensics teams examined the council-style property where the incident happened.
People brought flowers and balloons to the police cordon.
One woman laying flowers said: “It’s just so sad. I hope the rest of the kids get well.”
Gregg House Road resident Aaron Brunskill said neighbours came out into the street at about 8am to find around 15 police cars and four ambulances.
He said: “The police weren’t telling us anything. I know there’s children there. I’ve just seen them walking back to the shops and that’s all I know.”
Mr Brunskill added: “There were four ambulances. Everyone got took away in an ambulance. I don’t know if the air ambulance was used.”
Reporting by Press Association.