Twins Kyson and Bryson, aged four, and Leyton and Logan, aged three, died in a house fire in Sutton, south London, on Thursday and dozens of emotional tributes have been paid
A moving tribute left to four brothers killed in a house fire said Father Christmas “will deliver your presents in heaven”.
Family members and grieving locals have continued to leave handwritten tributes in Collingwood Road, Sutton, following the tragedy on Thursday evening.
Twins Kyson and Bryson, aged four, and Leyton and Logan, aged three, died in the fire after allegedly being left home alone.
At the scene yesterday, a young man was in tears as he hung a Sutton United FC scarf on metal railings above a pile of flowers and tributes – including many notes and drawings from other kids.
One, which appears to have been written by a school friend called Jude, said: “We hope you guys are playing football with each other in heaven and being happy.”
Another said: “Santa will deliver your presents to heaven for you. Stay holding hands forever.”
A neighbour, who had tears running down her cheeks after placing some flowers at the scene, told the Mirror: “I used to see them all holding hands walking to school on a morning.
“It’s just tragic, so awful this close to Christmas. They were just babies.”
A bus driver from nearby Sutton Bus Garage said the boys were well known amongst his colleagues and he often gave them money for sweets.
Isaac Oyemade, 54, said: “I loved them, they would always come and talk to us at the garage. It’s so sad.”
A 27-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of child neglect following the blaze and will return to a south London police station in mid-January, the Metropolitan Police said.
Eight fire engines and around 60 firefighters were called to the “intense blaze”, with the first crews facing flames throughout the whole ground floor.
Frantic firefighters carried the young boys out of the home as it became engulfed by flames, but medics were unable to save their lives.
The twins’ dad, Dalton Hoath, described his sons as “bright, caring, lovable boys” on Friday.
Mr Hoath said in a statement given to Daily Mail: “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.
“I would ask that my family are given time to grieve in private.
“They will be forever in my heart and thoughts, love dad.”
The boys’ grandfather, Jason Hoath, wrote on Facebook after the blaze: “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”
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Chief Superintendent Dave Stringer, policing commander for Croydon, Bromley and Sutton Police, said: “The thoughts of everyone at the Metropolitan Police are with the family and friends of the four young boys who lost their lives in this tragic incident.
“We know it will have come as a great shock to the local community and as part of that community, we are here to offer whatever support we can.
“Local detectives continue to investigate and will be working with colleagues from the London Fire Brigade to determine what caused the fire and to investigate any other relevant matters.
“We will continue to work with the local authority and the wider community to support local residents as they come to terms with this tragic loss.”