Police confirm cause of death of dad in tragic house blaze

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Police have confirmed the cause of death of a dad killed in a Penistone house fire along with his nine-year-old son.

Darren Sykes, aged 44, and son Paul died in the fire at a house on Tennyson Close, Penistone, last Wednesday. Paul’s brother Jack, 12, is still fighting for life in hospital.

A police spokesman said: “A post mortem examination revealed Mr Sykes’ cause of death was compatible with the effects of the fire.”

The fire is being treated as suspicious but police are not looking for anyone else.