Tragic twins' gifts were 'piled under tree ready' before they died in Sutton fire 'sparked by Xmas lights'

THE FOUR twin boys who were killed in a fire after being left alone had Christmas gifts "piled under the tree" when the blaze erupted last night.

Kyson and Bryson, four, and Leyton and Logan, three, died in Sutton, South London, after the blaze broke out just before 7pm.

Their heartbroken granddad Jason Hoath told how the boys' father is "devastated" at the tragic loss of his four sons.

Security officer Jason told the Sun: "I’ve just left my son. He’s absolutely devastated. We all are.

"I’ve lost four grandchildren and he’s lost his kids as well.

"It’s all the more heartbreaking because their presents were all piled under the tree ready for them.

"We don’t know what happened and are just waiting for the police to get back to us.

"My son has been up all night and he’s shattered. He’s trying to get some sleep. He’s not in a good way as you can imagine."

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Another close relative said "everything was too raw" to discuss.

A 27-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of child neglect.

It is understood the PVC-covered front door caught fire – possibly due to Christmas fairy lights – and then erupted in flames.

In spite of the blaze, brave firefighters rushed inside and rescued the little ones before giving them CPR on the street outside until paramedics arrived.

Tragically, all four children were pronounced dead when they were taken to hospital.

The four youngsters are seen beaming and holding hands in a picture which appears to have been taken outside the mid-terrace home, months before the tots would perish alone inside.

Speaking at the scene, deputy fire chief Richard Mills said: “On our arrival there were only the four children that we rescued."

Their devastated mum Deveca Rose was allegedly out when the "intense" inferno ripped through the entire ground floor.

One neighbour claimed Deveca lived alone with her boys and worked as a carer for the NHS.

Grandfather Jason also shared a heart-breaking tribute to his grandsons on Facebook.


He wrote: "I am devastated to say that the horrendous house fire that took place in Sutton last night leading to four children loosing their lives were my amazing, smart and beautiful grandsons.

"Kyson and Bryson, aged four, and Leyton and Logan, aged three, were taken too soon they will always be in our hearts and thoughts.

"Boys, I love you forever. Grandad xxx"

A neighbour said: "Everyone has been really sympathetic. We used to see the mum who is in her twenties in the morning.

"The boys went to the same school as mine which is Westbourne Primary School.

"The kids looked really happy. The boys looked really sweet and nothing seemed out of order.

"I didn’t know them personally. I only saw their mum in the morning.

"Everyone in this road knew them and the boys were really cute."

Another neighbour said: "The kid's mum and her partner were a well-known couple and they were well liked. They came across well."

Speaking to reporters outside the house today, deputy fire chief Mills added: "Firstly, I'd like to acknowledge the terrible tragedy that took place last night and our thoughts remain with the family, friends and community of the sad loss of life of four young children.

"Yesterday evening, shortly before 7pm, fire crews attended the scene with eight fire engines and 60 firefighters.

"We rapidly entered the building with breathing apparatus crews and rescued four children from the building.

"We immediately carried out CPR resuscitation at the scene.

"The children were taken to a local hospital. And, sadly, those four children died later that evening.

"The cause of the fire is currently unknown and we have fire investigation teams on scene at present along with the Metropolitan Police to determine the cause of the fire."

The fire raged from 6.55pm until 8.35pm, with 60 crew members called out to battle the flames.

Flowers were laid at the scene this morning.

A message on one bouquet read: "To Kyson Bryson Leyton + Logan. Sleep well. Love Grandad."

A stuffed toy panda was left with two candles with a note which read: "R.I.P. Sweet little ones."

One woman, Tasha, 48, who did not want to give her surname, brought a bunch of flowers on behalf of the Sutton Dog Watch team.

She said: "It's just so sad that four poor babies have tragically lost their lives.

"I live just down the road and heard all the fire engines, ambulances and police arrive last night.

"I walked down to see what was going on but it was all taped off.

"Dozens of people were standing by the cordon in silence. It was a real sombre and respectful moment yet no one really knew what had happened.

"To see it on the news this morning, the outcome was far worse than anyone could have feared. It's hard to believe.

"This is a very tight knit community, which is shocked and in mourning, as you've got a school and Sutton United Football Club which will probably hold a minute's silence on Saturday."

A neighbour who witnessed last night's devastating fire said: "I just saw burning, it was horrific. The whole community rushed to help and the emergency services did a fantastic job."

A GoFundMe page in honour of the children has raised more than £1,600.

Neighbour Jessica, 17, who set up the page, said: "I didn’t know these lovely boys but they went to the same school as my little sister.

"I’ve only heard lovely things about them all. They were known as the ‘quads’ because they all looked the same."

Westbourne Primary School in Sutton said it was "devastated" by the deaths of the four boys – two of whom were pupils there – in a house fire.


In a statement, a spokesperson said: "Westbourne Primary School and its entire community are devastated at the news of the tragic loss of the four children; our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with the family and anyone else affected by this heart-breaking event.

"We will continue to support the children, the staff, the families and the community through these very difficult times."

One local woman, 42, said: "The four-year-olds were in the same reception class as my child.

"They were very friendly and lovely children."

Another woman, 32, said: "The four-year-olds were in the same reception class as my son and they were friends.

"Our sons were friends, but I didn’t really know them well. They were friendly, well-liked, liked to play and I am just so sad about it."

Another woman said: "Everyone knew them in our community and we are all devastated.

"They were just lovely boys. There are absolutely no words to describe how sad we are. The boys were always smiling and happy."

A local shop worker said: "The children would come into my shop.

"They were very nice and friendly.

"They liked sweets and were friendly and lovely. If they took something off the shelf their mum would let them have it.

"She seemed kind and loving."

A Scotland Yard spokesperson said: "Four young children have died following reports of a house fire in Sutton.

"A 27-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of child neglect and remains in police custody.

"Police were called by the London Fire Brigade shortly after 19:00hrs on Thursday, 16 December to reports of a fire at a residential address on Collingwood Road in Sutton.

"Officers attended along with the London Ambulance Service.

"The fire was extinguished and four children – two 3-year-old boys and two 4-year-old boys – were recovered from the address. The boys are all related.

"They were treated at the scene before being taken to two south London hospitals. Very sadly, all four were pronounced dead.

"Next of kin are aware and will be provided with specialist support.

"Road closures are in place and emergency services remain at the scene."

Last night, London Fire Commissioner Andy Row said firefighters are "numb with profound sadness" and they would be offered counselling.

Mr Roe said: "My thoughts are with the family and friends of the children, the whole local community and all those who will be affected by this fire.

"Fire crews arrived quickly and located the children inside the property.

"They were brought out of the house and given immediate emergency care.

"The welfare of our staff involved in this incident is very important to us and all of them will be offered counselling as a priority."

Graham Norton, assistant director of operations at London Ambulance Service, said resources including advanced paramedics, members of the Hazardous Area Response Team and two trauma teams attended.

“We treated four children at the scene and took them to hospital," he said

“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the four young children and everyone affected by this devastating tragedy.

"Thank you to all the ambulance crews and our colleagues in the fire brigade and police, who all worked so tirelessly to try to save them."

Residents warned the road was blocked at around 7.20pm – and dozens have now spoken of the "awful" loss.

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