Boys "Unlawfully Killed" In South Yorkshire Fire

he inquest into the deaths of brothers Jack and Paul Sykes at a house fire in Penistone has returned a verdict of unlawful killing.

Emergency services were called to a house on Tennyson Close at around 6.30pm on Wednesday 22 October last year.

The two boys, Jack 12 and Paul 9, were rescued from the property by fire fighters however they both sadly lost lives as a result of their injuries.


The boys’ family have issued the following statement today on conclusion of the inquest:

"The family are devastated by the deaths of our two kind, loving, gentle and talented boys. There are no words to describe the huge void which has been left in our lives."

"Ee would also like to thank all the staff at Sheffield Children’s hospital, the paediatric intensive care unit at Manchester hospital, fire and ambulance crews and the local community for their care to our boys and our family which still continues today."

Their father Darren Sykes was also rescued from the property and died as a result of his injuries.

An inquest into his death concluded on Monday, 2 March, with a verdict returned of suicide.

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