Father and son die in devastating fire that gutted entire house

October 23, 2014 admin No comments

The home,with brown window frames (centre), where a nine-year-old boy and a 44-year-old man have died following a house fire yesterday afternoon on Tennyson Close, Penistone, near Barnsley, South Yorkshire, a second boy aged 11 is critically ill in hospital following the blaze. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday October 23, 2014. See PA story POLICE Fire. Photo credit should read: Dave Higgens/PA Wire

The home where Darren Sykes (inset) died along with his nine-year-old son, Paul (Picture: PA)

The home,with brown window frames (centre), where a nine-year-old boy and a 44-year-old man have died following a house fire (Picture: PA)

A nine-year-old boy and his 44-year-old father have died after a house fire, police said.

Police this morning named them as Darren and Paul Sykes and another boy, 11, is in a critical condition in hospital.

Mother and wife Claire Sykes is believed to have moved out of the family home in Penistone, South Yorkshire.

Police said that they are treating the fire as suspicious but are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.

Neighbour Alan Shaw said: ‘I saw smoke everywhere. I thought it was coming from a garage and then I realised the house was on fire.

‘It transpired it was a big fire and soon fire engines turned up. It’s unbelievable really. I’m still in shock – you just don’t expect it to happen outside your own home.

A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said emergency services were called at 6.30pm yesterday and the three were taken to hospital, where the man and youngest boy were pronounced dead.

An investigation has been launched into the cause of the fire.

A police spokesman said earlier: ‘A 44-year-old man and an 11 and nine-year-old boy were rescued from theproperty and taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries.

‘The man and nine-year-old boy were pronounced deceased at hospital. The 11-year-old boy remains in critical condition.’

Firefighters found ‘a fully-developed fire throughout the house’ in Tennyson Close when they arrived, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said.

A spokesman said the 11 year old had “life-threatening” injuries.

He added: ‘Our thoughts are with the family of those involved in this tragic incident.’

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