Dalton Hoath, 28, paid an emotional tribute to football-mad twins Kyson and Bryson, four, and twins Leyton and Logan, three, who died following the blaze last night in Sutton
The devastated dad of four boys killed in a tragic house fire in South London has paid tribute to his “beautiful” sons.
The brothers, twins Kyson and Bryson, four, and twins Leyton and Logan, three, died following the blaze last night in Sutton.
Frantic firefighters carried them out of the home as it became engulfed by flames, but medics were unable to save their lives.
Their dad Dalton Hoath, 28, said he will never get to take his football-mad children to their first game.
He said going to their first match was “all they were talking about”.
Mr Hoath told The Sun: “They were bright, caring, loveable boys.
“I don’t know how I will carry on. It’s a miracle I haven’t lost the plot already.”
In a statement to the Daily Mail he said: “Myself and my family are utterly devastated by this tragic loss.
“They were bright, caring, loveable boys, but most of all Sons, Brothers, Grandsons, Great Grandsons, Nephews and Cousins.
“We would like to thank all the emergency services who did so much to try and save our boys, and also the local community who have come together at this difficult time.”
A woman has been arrested on suspicion of child neglect, the Metropolitan Police said.
In a post on Facebook the boys’ grandfather, Jason Hoath, wrote: “I am devastated to say that the horrendous house fire that took place in Sutton last night leading to four children loosing (sic) their life’s (sic) were my amazing smart and beautiful grandsons.
“(They were) taken too soon they will always be in our hearts and thoughts.
“Boys I love you forever. Grandad xxx”
Chief Superintendent Dave Stringer, borough commander for Croydon, Bromley and Sutton Police, told reporters at the scene: “There was nobody else inside the property at the time of the fire.”
He said detectives, the Met and the London Fire Brigade are investigating the cause of the blaze.
Fire crews were called to a mid-terrace house on Collingwood Road, Sutton, shortly before 7pm on Thursday and found a “very well-developed” blaze, with the four boys inside, said Richard Mills, deputy commissioner of the London Fire Brigade.
Mr Mills said firefighters in breathing apparatus entered the home, removed the four children and gave them CPR.
They were then taken to two south London hospitals where they were pronounced dead.
The fire was under control by 8.36pm.
Speaking of the firefighters involved, Mr Mills said: “Entering a building and rescuing life is always a very difficult place to be.
“The age of the children, the fact they are so young, will have a profound impact on them.”
Crews who attended are receiving counselling, he added.
Mourners laid floral tributes, candles and teddy bears outside the police cordon throughout the day on Friday, with one card reading: “Sleep well little angels.”
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The four boys were “so well behaved” and “polite”, according to a woman who works at a nearby shop.
The 24-year-old, who did not want to give her name, said the boys often came to her shop with their mother.
She said: “They were always all holding hands, they were so well behaved, so polite.”
Westbourne Primary School in Sutton said it was “devastated” by the deaths of the children, two of whom were pupils there.
In a statement, the school 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 heartbreaking event.
“We will continue to support the children, the staff, the families and the community through these very difficult times.”
Home Secretary Priti Patel tweeted: “My thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of the four young children who tragically lost their lives in the fire in Sutton yesterday.
“I am being kept updated by the emergency services and I would like to thank them for their work in such sad circumstances.”