Sutton fire: ‘So sad and unreal’ say horrified neighbours as four children die


Around 60 firefighters tackled an “intense” blaze where four children died at a house in Sutton, south London, and neighbours have spoken of their shock calling it “so sad and unreal”

Neighbours have told of horror as four children die in blaze
Neighbours have told of horror as four children die in blaze

Neighbours watched in horror with one saying it is “so sad and unreal” after four young children perished in a London house fire.

Eight fire engines and around 60 firefighters fought a fierce blaze on Collingwood Road in Sutton, but were unable to save the lives of the youngsters, all believed to be under five, who were pronounced dead in hospital.

Emergency services were called around 7pm on Thursday to the “intense” fire and nearby residents watched on as the tragedy unfolded.

One person wrote on social media: “An ambulance has just gone past with blue lights on. It’s so sad and unreal seeing all the blue lights. So heartbreaking.”

Another said: “Heartbreaking. I really hope they all make it. I’m praying so hard the kiddies are okay.”

Firefighters were called to an “intense blaze” at a house in Sutton



Speaking on Facebook, Stephen Bateman-Wright said: “Ongoing at the moment. House fire in Collingwood Road, one of the small terraced houses just beyond the entrance to Collingwood Park on the opposite side of the road.

“Multiple emergency services in attendance. I counted upwards of a dozen emergency vehicles.

“Collingwood Road closed to through traffic from Bushey Road to the A217.”

Many people have taken to social media to offer their condolences.

Cllr Ruth Dombey, leader of Sutton Council, tweeted: “Tragic and heartbreaking news from Sutton tonight following the death of four children in a house fire on Collingwood Road.

“My thoughts go out to the family, friends and local community of those involved and to the emergency services who attended.”

Lots of people spoke of their sadness at hearing about the news, especially so close to Christmas.

Many people have taken to social media to express their sorrow at what happened



One person wrote: “In tears reading about the fire in Sutton tonight.”

Another tweeted: “Heartbreaking, my thoughts go out to the family.”

A gofundmepage has now also been set up by a neighbour for the family of the victims.

She wrote: “Hi my name is Jessica. I am 17 years old and live next to where this awful event took place .

“I didn’t know these lovely boys but they went to the same school as my little sister and I’ve only heard lovely things about them all . They where known as the ‘quads’ as they all looked the same.

“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.”

Four young children were taken out of the house and given CPR by firefighters at the scene before being taken to two south London hospitals where they died.

The children were taken out by firefighters but pronounced dead in hospital



The fire was under control by 8.36pm and the cause is under investigation.

London Fire Commissioner Andy Roe 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.

Fire chiefs said the incident had left ‘everybody numb’



“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.”

The Metropolitan Police said no arrests have been made but road closures were in place.

The force said the children’s next of kin are aware and will be provided with specialist support.

Superintendent Rob Shepherd 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.

Police said no arrests had been made



“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.”

Graham Norton, assistant director of operations at London Ambulance Service, said: “We sent a number of resources to the scene including ambulance crews, advanced paramedics, paramedics in fast response cars, incident response officers and members of our Hazardous Area Response Team (HART).

“We also dispatched trauma teams from London’s Air Ambulance and Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex – both teams consisted of a paramedic and a doctor in a car.

“We treated four children at the scene and took them to hospital.

“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the four young children and everyone affected by this devastating tragedy. “

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