Garry Bolton and daughter Paige died in a horrific house fire in north Hull on January 25, 2020 at their home in Wensley Avenue, off Cottingham Road, in the early hours
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A father is believed to have killed himself and his 10-year-old daughter in a deliberate house fire, an inquest heard today.
Garry Bolton and daughter Paige died in a horrific house fire in north Hull on January 25, 2020 at their home in Wensley Avenue, off Cottingham Road, in the early hours.
Fire crews were forced to break into the property using a saw before discovering the two victims lying together in the bathtub.
The inquest heard how Garry’s mental health seemed to have deteriorated having already suffered from anxiety, low self-esteem and paranoia.
The exact cause of the fire remains under investigation, however Humberside Fire and Rescue Service believe it was deliberate, reports Hull Live.
Assistant coroner Ian Sprakes said back in August he would need time to reflect on the evidence and would not rush to any conclusions.
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Speaking afterwards, Paige’s mum Cherie Rangeley said she was not entirely satisfied with the conclusion of a narrative verdict.
She said: “I feel numb and didn’t really get the answers I was hoping for. I’m not any nearer where I feel I’m supposed to be.
“I would have preferred a conclusion of suicide for Garry and unlawful killing for Paige rather than a narrative verdict.
“But with Garry’s family there too I guess he has to see it from both sides.”
Mr Sprakes went on to offer his condolences to Paige’s mum and the sister and mother of Garry, who were all in court.
He said: “I express my sincere condolences to the families of Garry and Paige Bolton.
“This is a very sad and, indeed, tragic event.
“There are very few words I can say to relieve the pain and anguish for a truly tragic event.’
Mr Sprakes delivered a narrative verdict.
He said: “On January 25, 2020, Garry Bolton and Paige Bolton died at 26 Wensley Avenue in Hull between approximately 5.30am and 7am due to the effects of inhalation of products of combustion and carbon monoxide poisoning, due to the effects of a smouldering fire probably deliberately started that morning.”
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Mr Sprakes confirms he believes Garry Bolton deliberately started the fire.
He says there was no logical reason for the fire to have started accidentally.
There were also texts from Paige saying her dad “was scaring her” and Garry had written a note expressing self-harm.
Mr Sprakes went through the established facts with account of neighbour Andrew Harding, who noticed smoke coming from the Boltons’ home.
He also recounted the witness statements of fire crews who entered the property and found Garry and Paige and battled the blaze.
He later looked at expert evidence which found the fire started in the bedroom and was not started by an electrical fault.
There was also no evidence of third party involvement and it was heard that the fire was probably started deliberately.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.