Sutton fire: Dad of boys killed in blaze says their Xmas presents are still under tree

Dalton Hoath “lost everything” when his four little boys died in a house fire ten days before Christmas – now he says their presents are still waiting under the tree

Mr Hoath with his four twin boys
Mr Hoath with his four twin boys

The devastated dad of four “lovely” boys killed in a house fire says their presents are still under the Christmas tree.

Dalton Hoath spoke of his unimaginable heartbreak earlier this month when the news broke that four children killed in a house fire in Sutton, South London were his two young sets of twin boys.

The boys, who were alone in the house, have been described as “lovely” and “polite” and “well-behaved” by people in the community who met them.

But with Christmas just around the corner, grieving Mr Hoath said he wants to call the day just “December 25”, adding that the presents he bought including trainers, clothes and toys from their favourite superhero movies are still sitting under the tree.

Dalton Hoath



“They were full of energy, they were always holding each other’s hands, they used to enjoy life so much, they were just perfect.” he told ITV news

“I don’t even really want to call in Christmas anymore I just want to call it the 25th of December.

“I have Christmas presents sat under the tree for them, trainers and clothes, I got them some superhero figures.

“I feel like I should donate them to a hospital or charity so at least some children somewhere will get to use them and that will make my sons proud.”

The scene still bears burnt out windows at the property


My London / Darren Pepe)

The twins, Kyson and Bryson, four, and younger brothers Leyton and Logan, three, were rushed to hospital after the fire broke out shortly before 7pm on December 16.

All four of them died as a result of their injuries.

A 27-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of child neglect, but released on bail pending further enquiries.

Speaking of the moment he learned of the fire, Mr Hoath said: “I was frantic I called my father and got him to come and drive me straight away to where it was, and we just waited patiently, watching these fire fighters fight relentlessly to try and save our sons.”

Teddies and flowers have been left at the scene


Humphrey Nemar)

Countless tributes have been left for the boys who were commemorated by a balloon release this evening organised by their dad.

He said: “They would talk about becoming builders, plumbers, and a chef because all they wanted to as things to help others.

“They loved learning and would tell me about all the great things they did at school. They loved running through the water fountain in the town centre, just smiling, singing, dancing and enjoying life.

“They will forever be the biggest part of my heart and carry us through in these hard times.”

The loving boys were “always holding hands”



Firefighters tackling the blaze who tried to save the boys were given counselling following the tragedy.

Asked what he’d say to the boys if they were here now, Mr Hoath responded: “I’d like to tell them that I’m sorry they’re not here with us any more but that I love them and I will never stop loving them and they will always be in my heart, I’m just happy they have each other to hold and they are not alone.

“I still see them running round my house as if they’re still there I still hear them saying daddy I love you and thank you for even the smallest things like a packet of crisps they were so caring so I will keep doing things week by week to celebrate and remember my sons.”

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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