Mum of boys killed in horror blaze started by their dad says house insurance is null and void

Claire Throssell and her sons Jack and Paul
Claire Throssell and her sons Jack and Paul
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The mum of two young boys who died after a horror blaze has revealed that her insurance policy will not cover the cost of re-building the house.

Claire Throssell lost her sons Jack, 12 and Paul, nine, when her ex-husband, Darren Sykes, 44, started a blaze in the home they used to share on Tennyson Close, Penistone, Barnsley.

An inquest heard Sykes lured his sons to the house with text messages saying he had bought a new train set.

Once in the attic playing with the trains, Sykes doused the downstairs with petrol and started a blaze which engulfed the semi-detached property.

Skyes and his youngest son Paul died on the day of the fire and Jack lost his fight for life five days later after suffering severe burns.

Heartbroken Claire, who had just divorced Sykes, is responsible for repaying the mortgage on the charred remains of the property.

She claims her insurance policy is ‘null and void’ because the fire was started deliberately.

Sykes wrote to their bank before he started the blaze, stating that Claire would be responsible for the mortgage after his death.

She said to say she was struggling financially was an ‘understatement’.

“The house insurance is null and void. The house is totally destroyed - he did a good job on that one,” she added.

“It is null and void because he deliberately set the fire - he used four cans of petrol.

“He sent a letter to the bank saying I would be responsible for the mortgage because he would no longer be around.

“I don’t know what was going through his mind other than he wanted to spite me. He wanted to take everything away and that’s exactly what he’s done.”