Family pays tribute to victims who perished in house blaze in Chesterfield

Floral tributes at the scene of the fire.
Floral tributes at the scene of the fire.
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A heartbroken grandmother has spoken of her devastation at the loss of three members of her family in a house fire.

Lynn Leighton lost her daughter Josie, aged 32, and grandsons Jordan Green, 12, and nine-year-old Tyler in the blaze on Williamthorpe Road, North Wingfield, near Chesterfield.

Victims Jordan Green, left, and Tyler Green.

Victims Jordan Green, left, and Tyler Green.

The trio perished alongside Josie’s friend Claire James, 27, whose seven-year-old daughter Tia was the sole survivor of the fire.

Lynn said: “Josie was a lovely, loving daughter who had lots of friends.

“Tyler was always happy. He loved life, loved school and was always full of beans.

“Jordan was a real character. He loved his family, especially his grandma, and always had lots of friends.”

Victim Josie Leighton.

Victim Josie Leighton.

Andrew Green, Jordan’s father, also paid tribute to his son.

He said: He was a cheeky, sweet, loving young man. He loved music and skateboarding. He will be deeply missed by me and my partner.”

Claire’s family said caring for Tia was now their priority.

They said: “We are devastated by our loss.”

rossparry.co.uk/syndication'Picture shows Claire James one of the 4 victims, Named locally, of the horror fatal house fire in North Wingfield Derbyshire.''SEE ROSS PARRY COPY RPYFIRE

rossparry.co.uk/syndication'Picture shows Claire James one of the 4 victims, Named locally, of the horror fatal house fire in North Wingfield Derbyshire.''SEE ROSS PARRY COPY RPYFIRE

Police and fire investigations into the cause of Wednesday’s blaze are continuing.

Friends and neighbours have left floral tributes at the scene, while others have turned to social media networks to appeal for toys for Tia.

Firefighters found her in the garden outside the burning house while her mum was still inside.

Tia was taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation, but has since been discharged.

On Facebook one woman, Charlotte Crossley, said: “This is so sad, this little girl has been left with nothing. Is there a way we can make a donation to try to help her? Even if to just buy her a teddy bear?”

Tracy Shaw said: “She needs everything, we can’t give her her family, but we can get together and give her some belongings.”

Natascha Engel, North East Derbyshire MP, said: “This is such a shocking and tragic incident that it is hard for anyone to take in.

“My heart goes out to the family and friends of Claire, Josie, Jordan and Tyler.

“The whole community of North Wingfield will be struggling to come to terms with this.”