The boys – aged three and four- have been described as “sweet-natured and happy” by devastated neighbours following the tragedy at a house in south London, on Thursday night
These are the two sets of twins who died in a horror fire in south London.
The boys – aged three and four- have been described as “sweet-natured and happy” by devastated neighbours following the tragedy at a house in Sutton, south-west London.
A 27-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of child neglect.
The blaze broke out at the property at shortly before 7pm on Thursday night, sparking screams of terror from horrified residents who immediately rang 999.
Firefighters retrieved the four children from the property and performed CPR on them before paramedics arrived at the scene.
However, the youngsters were later pronounced dead in hospital.
Flowers were today laid at the scene. One bouquet – a tribute from the children’s grandfather – reads: “To Kyson Bryson Leyton + Logan. Sleep well. Love Grandad”.
Horrifying footage filmed on Thursday night shows an ‘intense fire’ raging inside the property, with flames coming out of a window.
The walls of the building were covered in black smoke stains and the windows were burnt out in pictures taken on Friday morning.
London Fire Brigade deputy commissioner Richard Mills said that when firefighters arrived at the house the blaze was “very well-developed” and only the children were inside.
He told reporters at the scene: “I can confirm that they are two sets of twins, ages four and ages three.”
Asked if anyone else was in the home, he said: “On arrival there were four children in the house.”
He also confirmed the victims were all boys.
On the impact of the incident on fire crews, he said: “It’s a very traumatic event.
“They (firefighters) attended a very well-developed fire; they got there in under three minutes.
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“Second two machines within seven minutes. 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.”
The blaze reportedly engulfed the whole of the ground floor.
According to the Evening Standard, one neighbour said: “We saw the flames and just couldn’t believe our eyes.
“Those poor kids. We were all screaming and calling the emergency services.”
London Fire Brigade was called at 6.55pm and the fire was under control by 8.36pm.
Black smoke stains are visible on the walls of the home following the fire.
Firefighters from Sutton and surrounding fire stations were at the scene. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
London Fire Commissioner Andy Roe has spoken of his profound sadness after the tragic death of four children at a house fire in Sutton this evening.
He said: “This is an incident that has left everyone numb with profound sadness. My thoughts are with the family and friends of the children, the whole local community and all those who will be affected by this fire.
“Fire crews arrived quickly and located the children inside the property.
“They were brought out of the house and given immediate emergency care. The welfare of our staff involved in this incident is very important to us and all of them will be offered counselling as a priority.”
Superintendent Rob Shepherd of the Met Police said: “The thoughts of everyone at the South Area Command Unit are with the family and friends of these four young children, who have suffered such a devastating and tragic loss tonight.
“I know these sentiments will be shared by the local community, Sutton and London as a whole.
“We remain on scene with our emergency service colleagues and will be working through the night and beyond. At this very early stage the cause of the fire is unknown and will be investigated.”
A GoFundMe page has now also been set up by a neighbour for the family of the victims.
Jessica West, 17, wrote how she heard “lovely things” about the four youngsters that died and said they were known as “quads” as they “all looked the same”.
She wrote: “I’m so disheartened by this and I just want to help as much as I possibly can and I think I’m not the only one too ! Time for the Sutton community to come together and support this family.”