Tributes pour in for tragic brothers killed in blaze at their Barnsley home

Flowers and messages at the scene of a fatal fire which took the lives of Darren Sykes and his sons Jack and Paul
Flowers and messages at the scene of a fatal fire which took the lives of Darren Sykes and his sons Jack and Paul
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Tributes have been pouring in for two little brothers killed after a horror blaze at their home.

Jack and Paul Sykes lost their lives in a fire which their heartbroken mum, Claire, claims was started by their 44-year-old father, Darren.

Paul, aged nine and his dad died at the scene but Jack, 12, initially survived before losing his fight for life five days later.

A police and fire service investigation into the cause of the blaze established it was started deliberately and that an accelerant was used.

They are not looking for anybody in connection with the fire and deaths.

Jo Higgins, principal at Penistone Grammar School, which Jack attended, said staff and pupils would gather to remember the youngster on Monday after the half-term break.

“This is an extremely sad time,” she said.

“Jack was greatly thought of, a talented musician and a highly valued member of our school community.

“Our thoughts are with Jack’s family and friends at this very difficult time.”

Flowers, cards, letters and pictures have also been left outside Springvale School, Penistone, which Paul attended, including one tribute which reads: “The stars shine brighter with the two beautiful boys together.”

A facebook page set up by the boys’ devastated mum has been inundated with messages of sympathy and support.

A photograph of her sons posted after she announced Jack’s death has over 1,400 comments, including one from Sandra Austin, who describes the deaths as ‘tragic’.

“How you cope with this is unimaginable,” she added.

Another message for the boys’ mum, posted by Libby Ashby, reads: “I’ve cried for you and them.”

Family friend Rachel Faunt wrote: “Words cannot express our thoughts. To think that those two little precious boys were only playing in our house two weeks ago.”

Debra Webster posted: “It takes something tragic like this to happen to make us stop and think of how life is so precious.”