BARNSLEY: Dad 'Killed Sons In Fire'

The mother of two boys killed alongside their father in a house fire in South Yorkshire has claimed he murdered them, adding that she is heartbroken at her loss.


FATHER 'KILLED HIS SONS IN FIRE'

The mother of two boys killed alongside their father in a house fire in South Yorkshire has claimed he murdered them, adding that she is heartbroken at her loss.

Claire Sykes' son Paul, aged nine, and his father Darren were rescued from the blaze at their home last week but died hours later.

Their 12-year-old son Jack had also been rescued from the burning house but died in hospital on Monday night.

Police confirmed the fatal fire at Tennyson Close, Penistone was started deliberately but said they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the investigation.

Ms Sykes said messages of support since the tragedy made her feel pride in her sons, but added that she is devastated by the deaths.

Writing on a special Facebook page set up in their memory, Ms Sykes accused the boys' father, 44, of having killed them.

She wrote: ``My boys were murdered by their father but he never had their hearts and they will stay with me forever.''

She urged other parents to cherish their children.

``Enjoy every minute you spend with your children. All children are precious and the fact that you are all taking time to remember and reflect on Jack and Paul is simply humbling and comforting too,'' she said.

``I don't know how I will carry on without my boys. My heart is broken in two but knowing that so many people are thinking of them makes me proud to have been their mum.''

The three family members were found by firefighters on the first floor of their semi-detached house shortly after 6.30pm on October 22.

Jo Higgins, principal of Penistone Grammar School where Jack attended, paid tribute to the schoolboy.

``Jack was greatly thought of, a talented musician and a highly valued member of our school community.

Last week Paul, a pupil at Springvale Primary School, was remembered by headteacher Andy Platt as an ``outgoing, popular boy who was blossoming into a fine runner and cornet player''.

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