Brave boy, 12, dies five days after blaze killed his dad and brother in their Barnsley home

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Brave Jack Sykes, left critically injured in a blaze which killed his younger brother and dad, has died - after fighting for life for five long days.

The 12-year-old was found alive in his burning home on Tennyson Close, Penistone, last Wednesday and rushed to hospital where he battled for survival with his heartbroken mum, Claire, at his bedside.

But the youngster took his final breaths last night, police have revealed.

His nine-year-old brother Paul and dad Darren, 44, both perished in the blaze, which police and fire investigators have ruled was started deliberately.

They found a number of seats of fire inside the property and evidence that an accelerant was used to fuel the blaze.

Detectives are not looking for anyone else in connection with the death.

Darren and Claire separated earlier this year, with Claire moving out of their family home with the boys.

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “A 12-year-old boy left critically ill following a house fire in Penistone has died as a result of his injuries.

“Emergency services were called to a house on Tennyson Close at around 6.30pm on Wednesday, October 22. A man and his two sons were rescued from the property by firefighters.

“Darren Sykes, 44, and his nine-year-old son Paul Sykes both died as a result of the fire.

“His older son Jack Sykes was taken to hospital in a critical condition but lost his fight for life last night.

“Detectives investigating the fire have confirmed it was started deliberately and that an accelerant was used. Police are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.

“The investigation continues on behalf of the coroner.”

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