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Two sets of twins killed in house fire as 27-year-old woman is arrested for neglect


A 27-year-old woman was today arrested on suspicion of child neglect after two sets of 'sweet and happy' twin brothers were left home alone before a fire ripped through a house in south London last night and killed them, MailOnline can reveal today.

The siblings - known in their street as 'the quads' because they looked so alike and 'were always holding hands' - were Kyson and Bryson, aged four, and Keyton and Logan, aged three. They were pulled from the inferno in Sutton by firefighters but could not be saved despite frantic resuscitation attempts in the street outside at just before 7pm.

Today Scotland Yard said a 27-year-old woman had been arrested on suspicion of child neglect and remains in police custody. Officers are also working in the property with London Fire Brigade to find the cause of the blaze. The 60 firefighters who entered the property last night will be offered counselling having been left 'numb with profound sadness' after the boys died.

MailOnline can reveal that the young children were alone in the house with no adults present when London's fire service arrived. Flowers and cuddly toys have been laid at the scene this morning, including from relatives.

Their grandfather Jason Hoath shared a picture of his four grandsons holding hands over the summer and wrote on Facebook: 'I am devastated to say that the horrendous house fire that took place in Sutton last night leading to four children losing their lives were my amazing smart and beautiful grandsons. Were taken too soon they will always be in our hearts and thoughts. Boys I love you forever. Grandad xxx'.

A neighbour and friend of the boys' mother, Deveca Rose, said she lived alone with her four children and worked for the NHS as a carer. The friend said: 'I know the family well, it's absolutely heartbreaking. I'd heard my neighbours shouting in their gardens and looked out and saw the back of the house on fire.

'I went out and saw that the firefighters had come through the next door neighbour's house and were standing on the roof of their kitchen extension. Firefighters walked across the flat roof to her property. Another neighbour handed them a small cast iron table from their garden and the firefighters used it to smash the windows and let the smoke out in the upstairs windows.

'I came back through my house to the street outside and the young boys had been brought out and were being resuscitated by paramedics on the road'. Another friend said the boys were 'so well behaved', 'polite' and 'always holding hands'. Heartbroken neighbours claimed that they were 'sweet natured and happy twins'.

The Metropolitan Police announced the arrest of the 27-year-old woman accused of child neglect this morning and said the children's next of kin were 'aware' of their deaths and being supported by specialist officers.

Superintendent Rob Shepherd said: 'The thoughts of everyone at the South Area Command Unit are with the family and friends of these four young children, who have suffered such a devastating and tragic loss tonight. I know these sentiments will be shared by the local community, Sutton and London as a whole.

'We remain on scene with our emergency service colleagues and will be working through the night and beyond. At this very early stage the cause of the fire is unknown and will be investigated.'


Westbourne Primary School in Sutton said it was 'devastated' by the deaths of the four boys - two of whom were pupils there - in a house fire.


In a statement, it said: 'Westbourne Primary School and its entire community are devastated at the news of the tragic loss of the four children; our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with the family and anyone else affected by this heart-breaking event.


'We will continue to support the children, the staff, the families and the community through these very difficult times.'

Residents of Collingwood Road, Sutton, are grieving today.


A neighbour said: 'Everyone has been really sympathetic. We used to see the mum who is in her twenties in the morning.


'The boys went to the same school as mine. They looked really happy. The boys looked really sweet and nothing seemed out of order.


'I didn't know them personally. I only saw their mum in the morning. Everyone in this road knew them and the boys were really cute.''


A witness said: 'I just saw burning, it was horrific. The whole community rushed to help and the emergency services did a fantastic job.'


A GoFundMe page in honour of the children has raised more than £1,600. Neighbour Jessica, 17, who set up the page, said: 'I didn't know these lovely boys but they went to the same school as my little sister.


'I've only heard lovely things about them all. They were known as the 'quads' because they all looked the same.'


Richard Mills said when firefighters arrived at the house in Sutton, the blaze was 'very well-developed' and only the children were inside.


He told reporters at the scene: 'I can confirm that they are two sets of twins, ages four and ages three.' Asked if anyone else was in the home, he said: 'On arrival there were four children in the house.'


He also confirmed the victims were all boys. On the impact of the incident on fire crews, he said: 'It's a very traumatic event.


'They (firefighters) attended a very well-developed fire; they got there in under three minutes. Entering a building and rescuing life is always a very difficult place to be. The age of the children, the fact they are so young will have a profound impact on them.'

He added: 'Firstly, I'd like to acknowledge the terrible tragedy that took place last night and our thoughts remain with the family, friends and community of the sad loss of life of four young children.


'Yesterday evening, shortly before 7pm, fire crews attended the scene with eight fire engines and 60 firefighters.


'We rapidly entered the building with breathing apparatus crews and rescued four children from the building. We immediately carried out CPR resuscitation at the scene.


'The children were taken to a local hospital. And, sadly, those four children died later that evening. The cause of the fire is currently unknown and we have fire investigation teams on scene at present along with the Metropolitan Police to determine the cause of the fire.'




The siblings who died - known in their street as 'the quads' because they looked so alike and 'were always holding hands' - were Kyson and Bryson, aged four, (together left) and Keyton and Logan, aged three (together right)


Flowers were left at the scene by mourners today including bouquets from members of the victims' family





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