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Investigation into fire that claimed a father and son continues

October 23, 2014, 2:10 pm

A joint investigation between South Yorkshire Police and South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service into a fatal house fire in Penistone is continuing this afternoon.

Emergency services were called to a house on Tennyson Close at around 6.30pm on Wednesday 22 October. A man and his two sons were rescued from the property by fire fighters.

Darren Sykes, 44, and his nine-year-old son Paul David Sykes both died as a result of their injuries.

His older son Jack Sykes, 12, remains in a critical condition in hospital.

The injuries suffered by the victims are consistent with being involved in a fire.

The fire is being treated as suspicious but police are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident. Initial investigations suggest the fire was started deliberately.

Chief Inspector Debbie Mahmood said: “Initial enquiries are underway with colleagues in the fire service to determine the cause of this fire and are at a very early stage.

“This is a tragic incident in which a young child has lost his life and my thoughts and condolences are with the family of the young boys at this distressing time.

“Events like this also have a profound effect on the wider community and we will have Safer Neighbourhood officers in the area available to speak to anyone affected by the tragic incident.”

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