Mum of boys killed in Barnsley blaze says thanks to emergency services and medics

Claire Throssell with her sons Paul and Jack
Claire Throssell with her sons Paul and Jack
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The heartbroken mum of two young boys killed by a horror blaze started by their dad has thanks the emergency services and medics who battled to save her sons.

Claire Throssell’s sons Paul, nine and Jack, 12, were unlawfully killed, an inquest ruled last week.

Claire Throssell with her sons Paul and Jack

Claire Throssell with her sons Paul and Jack

Their dad Darren Sykes, 44, started the blaze in his home on Tennyson Close, Penistone, last October two weeks after he and Claire divorced.

He doused the former marital home in petrol and started the fire after luring his sons into the attic to play with a new train set.

There were 16 pools of fuel found around the house.

Paul died on the day of the fire and his brother five days later after telling the police his dad started the blaze.

Speaking after the inquest, Claire said: “I personally want to say thank you from the bottom of my broken heart to the fire crews, police officers and ambulance crew who fought and fought so hard for my precious boys lives.

“The fact that I wasn’t there when my children needed me the most will haunt me forever and I would have gladly given my own life in order for them to keep theirs.

“Jack and Paul passed away in my arms and safely wrapped in my love and again I say thank you to both Sheffield Children’s Hospital and Manchester Royal Hospital for their dedication and effort to save the boys but it was not meant to be.

“Jack’s and Paul’s lives have been short and deliberately taken in an evil and horrific way but they entered the world surrounded by love and in the end left our world surrounded by love and is forever engraved near my heart.”

She said she is planning a series of fundraising events and memorial concerts.