The two young children who tragically lost their lives in a devastating house fire in St Neots have been named.
Police and fire crews spent two days investigating the fire which killed seven-year-old Sienna Horton and her three-year-old brother Isaac on Thursday (December 10) in Buttercup Avenue, Eynesbury.
As reported by The Mirror, the children’s mother, who has been named as Jade Horton, 35, broke both of her legs after jumping to safety from a second-floor bedroom window.
It is also understood that the 46-year-old man who suffered minor injuries was a neighbour, who heroically attempted to get into the burning three-storey terraced home to rescue the children.
The fire broke out early in the morning, with emergency services rushing to the scene shortly after 7am.
Firefighters arrive at the scene, where they were met with a fierce blaze which had blown out the first and second floor windows.
A neighbour, Grace Yeates, said Jade, a former prison officer who moved into the property just last month, had “no choice but to jump”.
She said: “The woman was trapped inside and shouting hysterically. She jumped out of the back window onto a slate patio.
“The mum had no other choice but to jump to try to live or stay and die like her children, which is horrible.”
Her boyfriend Lewis Curtis, 19, said that a man tried to get into the house to save the children but “couldn’t make it”.
He added: “The fire was too powerful. He knew the kids had no chance of getting out alive.”
“It’s disgusting. Kids have died,” one devastated neighbour told CambridgeshireLive.
“I woke up to all the smoke. It was spitting flames out.
“My whole family is upset. No one should ever live through that,” he added.
An investigation into the cause of the fire has found that an electrical fault in a first-floor bedroom was the ‘most probable cause’, though it is understood that Christmas decorations were not to blame.
Area commander for Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service Chris Parker spoke of the devastation to all those involved.
“When our crews arrived they were faced with a severe fire, with flames coming out of both the first and second floors,” he explained.
“Two adults had managed to escape from the building, but crews were made aware that there were two children inside of the building.
“So crews entered the building to extinguish the fire and search for the children.
Unfortunately, both children have lost their lives in the fire which is an absolute tragedy.”
Tributes have been left to the family and two children at the scene of the fire, including one which read: “Dear darling angels, keep holding each other’s hands. You are so loved.”
Chris Parker went on to say: “We pass on our condolences to the family and also to the local community because it will have a massive impact.
“Also, it has impacted obviously all of the emergency responders that attended yesterday so we’ve made sure we put in welfare support so that they’re all ok as well.”
Firefighters who had tackled the blaze yesterday also paid their respects today, coming together to lay flowers in front of the home.
Chief fire officer Chris Strickland praised fire crews for fighting “tirelessly” after they were told the two children were still in the house.
“This is such a devastating incident and our thoughts remain with the family,” he said.
“Crews fought tirelessly to get the fire under control and locate the children who they had been told were still in the house.”
Mr Stickland added: “It’s one of the toughest incidents you can attend as a firefighter and we’re looking after the crews who were there.
“But all of our thoughts are very much with the family and the local community and we’ll be in the area over the coming days providing support to residents.”