Two sets of twin boys died in a massive blaze Thursday when they were left alone in their London home — and a 27-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of child neglect, authorities said.
The brothers — ages 3 and 4 — were inside their home on Collingwood Road in Sutton, South London, when the fire erupted just after 7 p.m., Metropolitan Police said in a statement.
The twins’ grandfather, Jason Hoath, identified the older boys as Kyson and Bryson, and the younger boys as Leyton and Logan.
The boys were treated at the scene before they were rushed to two south London hospitals, where all four were pronounced dead, officials said.
A 27-year-old woman was taken into custody on suspicion of child neglect, authorities said. Her relationship to the boys, or the family, was not specified.
Officials say the cause of the fire is under investigation, but The Sun reported that it appears the PVC-covered front door may have caught fire due to Christmas lights – before bursting into flames.
“I am devastated to say that the horrendous house fire that took place in Sutton last night leading to four children loosing there life’s [sic] were my amazing smart and beautiful grandsons,” Hoath posted to Facebook. “[They were] taken too soon they will always be in our hearts and thoughts. Boys I love you forever.”
“It’s all the more heartbreaking because their presents were all piled under the tree ready for them,” he added to The Sun. “We don’t know what happened and are just waiting for the police to get back to us.
“My son has been up all night, and he’s shattered. He’s trying to get some sleep. He’s not in a good way, as you can imagine.”
The boys’ devastated mother, Deveca Rose, a caretaker for the National Health Service, lived alone with her boys and was not home when the inferno swept through the home, a neighbor told the outlet.
During a press conference, London Fire Commissioner Andy Roe said the deadly blaze “has left everyone numb with profound sadness,” according to the Standard.
“Fire crews arrived quickly and located the children inside the property,” he said. “They were brought out of the house and given immediate emergency care. The welfare of our staff involved in this incident is very important to us and all of them will be offered counseling as a priority.”