Funeral held for tragic Barnsley blaze brothers

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Hundreds of mourners gathered for the joint funeral of two young boys killed in a horror blaze.

The centre of Penistone came to a standstill as people said goodbye to Jack, aged 12 and his nine-year-old brother Paul.

The funeral of brothers Paul and Jack Sykes at St John's Church, Penistone.

The funeral of brothers Paul and Jack Sykes at St John's Church, Penistone.

Paul died in the blaze on Tennyson Close, Penistone, last month but Jack was pulled out alive and survived for five days before succumbing to his injuries - smoke inhalation and 56 per cent burns.

The boys had been visiting their dad, Paul, 44, who was separated from their mum, when the fire started.

Fire and police investigators ruled that the fire was started deliberately and that an accelerant had been used.

They said they are not looking for anyone in connection with the blaze.

Mourners were asked to wear bright colours for the service at St John the Baptist Church.

Many gathered in the churchyard, forming a ‘circle of love,’ and on the surrounding streets to listen to the service on loud speakers.

They heard tributes from Andrew Platt, headteacher of Springvale Primary where Paul was a pupil, and from Jo Higgins, principal at Jack’s school, Penistone Grammar.

The boys’ cousin Jo Hamer also spoke of her memories of the pair.

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