Grieving Barnsley mum remembers tragic son killed in blaze

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The mum of two South Yorkshire boys killed by a fire at their dad’s house released some balloons to mark one of the youngster‘s birthdays.

Claire Throssell - formerly Sykes - was joined by family and friends as she remembered her son Paul, on what would have been his tenth birthday.

Claire Sykes with her sons Jack and Paul

Claire Sykes with her sons Jack and Paul

Paul and his brother Jack, 12, died after a fire broke out at their 44-year-dad Darren Sykes’ house on Tennyson Close, Penistone, Barnsley, in October last year.

Paul and his dad died on the day of the blaze and Jack lost his fight for life in hospital five days later after suffering extensive burns.

Claire and her husband were separated at the time of the incident and she blames him for deliberately starting the fire.

Paul and his father died on the day of fire, and Jack lost his fight for life five days later.

South Yorkshire Police confirmed the blaze was started deliberately and said detectives are not looking for anyone else in connection with it.

Inquests into the deaths are to be heard in March.

Writing on a Facebook page she set up in the wake of the fire, Claire said: “We sent some balloons up to Paul sent on wings of love to high up above.

“The wind carried them away as quick as Paul used to run I imagined his voice saying well done mum.

“Trying to keep hold of the balloons and take a selfie at the same time proved a challenge but up they went scattering love as they went.

“Thankyou to everyone who has remembered Paul’s birthday. I hope you thought of him with a smile he was a kind boy who just tried his best and forgave the rest.

“I watched the balloons disappear and remembered him in my arms sleeping.

“In this uncertain and sometimes cruel world that we live in we need to appreciate who and what we have and enjoy rather than regret what we haven’t and never will.”