Mum visits sea of flowers in Barnsley left after deaths of her two young sons

Claire Sykes with Jack and Paul
Claire Sykes with Jack and Paul
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The heartbroken mum of two young boys killed after a horror blaze has visited the scene of the fire for the first time since tragedy struck.

Claire Sykes went back to her former marital home on Tennyson Close, Penistone, to look at the sea of floral tributes left following the deaths of her sons Jack, 12 and Paul nine.

The house where the fire broke out

The house where the fire broke out

She collected all the cards, letters, pictures and poems left outside the fire-damaged semi in memory of her beloved boys.

Claire claims her estranged husband Darren, 44, who lived at the house, killed their children.

She said he lured them into the attic with the promise of playing with a new train set and then started the fire which swept through the property.

Darren and Paul perished in the blaze but Jack, a pupil at Penistone Grammar School, initially survived.

The house where the fire broke out

The house where the fire broke out

The youngster, who suffered 56 per cent burns, died in hospital five days later.

Jack and Paul’s joint funeral service its to be held at St John the Baptist Church, Penistone, on Friday.

On a Facebook page set up by Claire after the fire she wrote: “Today I ventured outside for the first time since returning from Manchester Children’s Hospital, I took a deep breath then went to Tennyson Close to look at the tributes that have been left in honour of my boys.

“I want to thank everyone for their floral tributes. I have collected and read all the messages and they are safely in my care.

Claire Sykes with Jack and Paul

Claire Sykes with Jack and Paul

“I then sat in Morrisons’ cafe and cried my eyes out because I automatically sat at a table for four, then it hit me with a finality of how the future will be.

“I was smiling at some children who were trying to eat bonfire toffee and looked like hamsters.

“Both Jack and Paul loved watching fireworks and last year one of my enduring memories is of watching Paul flying round the track to a backdrop of fireworks - that’s how dedicated he was, I only wish I had taken his photo.

“I’m holding tight to memories and have left their floral tributes exactly where they were and thank you again to you all.”

Police and fire investigators said the blaze was started deliberately and an accelerant was used.

They are not looking for anyone in connection with it.