The mum of four brothers who died in a house fire in south London was ‘out shopping at Sainsbury’s’ at the time, locals have claimed.
Kyson and Bryson, four, and Leyton and Logan, three, were home alone in Sutton when the blaze ripped through the entire ground floor just before 7pm last night.
Despite a member of the public and firefighters giving the boys CPR before paramedics arrived, they were pronounced dead when they were taken to hospital.
Neighbours say the set of twins’ mum, Deveca Rose, was ‘out shopping’ and came back to see the house had been set alight.
One of them told the Sun: ’She did not return until between 8.30pm and 9pm. But firefighters were called just before 7pm.
‘It was shocking. When she returned she was smoking a cigarette and someone said she had been to the shop. She showed no emotion.’
The children’s granddad Jason Hoath hold how the boys’ dad is ‘devastated’ at losing his four sons.
Security officer Jason added: ‘It’s all the more heartbreaking because their presents were all piled under the tree ready for them.
‘My son has been up all night and he’s shattered. He’s trying to get some sleep. He’s not in a good way as you can imagine.’
Sharing a tribute on Facebook, Jason wrote: ‘I am devastated to say that the horrendous house fire that took place in Sutton last night leading to four children loosing their lives were my amazing, smart and beautiful grandsons.
‘Kyson and Bryson, aged four, and Leyton and Logan, aged three, were taken too soon they will always be in our hearts and thoughts. Boys, I love you forever. Grandad xxx’
A 27-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of child neglect and remains in police custody.
It is thought the home’s PVC-covered front door caught fire – potentially due to Christmas fairly lights.
One neighbour said: ‘Everyone has been really sympathetic. We used to see the mum who is in her twenties in the morning.
‘The boys went to the same school as mine which is Westbourne Primary School. The kids looked really happy. The boys looked really sweet and nothing seemed out of order.
‘I didn’t know them personally. I only saw their mum in the morning. Everyone in this road knew them and the boys were really cute.’
Another neighbour added: ‘The kid’s mum and her partner were a well-known couple and they were well liked. They came across well.’
Speaking to reporters outside the house today, deputy fire chief Mills added: ‘Firstly, I’d like to acknowledge the terrible tragedy that took place last night and our thoughts remain with the family, friends and community of the sad loss of life of four young children.
‘Yesterday evening, shortly before 7pm, fire crews attended the scene with eight fire engines and 60 firefighters. We immediately carried out CPR resuscitation at the scene.
‘The children were taken to a local hospital. And, sadly, those four children died later that evening.
‘The cause of the fire is currently unknown and we have fire investigation teams on scene at present along with the Metropolitan Police to determine the cause of the fire.’
A GoFundMe page to raise funds for the boys’ funeral and for their family has
In a statement, a spokesperson for the children’s 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 heart-breaking event.
‘We will continue to support the children, the staff, the families and the community through these very difficult times.’
At a press briefing this afternoon, Met Police Chief Superintendent Dave Stringer said: ‘The thoughts of everyone at the Metropolitan Police are with the friends and family of four young boys who lost their lives in this tragic incident.
‘We know it would 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.
“‘t has been confirmed that the four boys who were inside, two aged three and two aged four, were brought out but sadly died.
‘They were all related. There was nobody else inside the property at the time of the fire.
‘As part of that investigation, a 27-year-old woman was arrested last night on suspicion of child neglect. She remains in police custody.
‘There was nobody else inside the property at the time of the fire.’