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Christmas gifts for four boys killed in fire will remain untouched, says father

Brothers Kyson, Bryson, Leyton and Logan all died last week in a house fire in south London.
People lay flowers near the scene in Sutton, south London, where two sets of twin boys, aged three and four, died in a house fire (Yui Mok/PA)

People lay flowers near the scene in Sutton, south London, where two sets of twin boys, aged three and four, died in a house fire (Yui Mok/PA)

By Sophie Corcoran, PA

The presents four little boys will never get to unwrap after they were killed in a house fire will remain untouched under a tree until after Christmas, their father has said.

Brothers Kyson and Bryson, aged four, and Leyton and Logan, aged three, were alone when they died in a fire in Collingwood Road, Sutton, south London, last week.

A 27-year-old woman who was arrested on suspicion of child neglect has been bailed.

She will return to a south London police station in mid-January.

Balloons are tied to a railing at the scene in Collingwood Road, Sutton, south London, where two sets of twin boys died in a house fire last week (Yui Mok/PA)

Balloons are tied to a railing at the scene in Collingwood Road, Sutton, south London, where two sets of twin boys died in a house fire last week (Yui Mok/PA)

The boys’ father, Dalton Hoath, has paid tribute to them and said he can still hear them telling him, “Daddy, I love you.”

He said he does not think the news will sink in for him and has chosen to call Christmas Day just “December 25” following his boys’ deaths.

Mr Hoath told ITV News: “My sons were loving, kind, caring unique boys and didn’t deserve to be involved in such a tragic accident that nobody could have expected.

“They will forever be the biggest part of my heart and carry us through in these hard times.

“Bryson, he was the first one born. He had a cute little birthmark on his face and he was just so clever. Kyson, he was just such a gentle soul. He was so shy but so outgoing at the same time, he was so beautiful. Leyton, he’s one of my youngest twins.

People release balloons in Sutton, in memory of brothers Kyson and Bryson, aged four, and Leyton and Logan, aged three, who died in a fire at their home in Collingwood Road, Sutton, south London, on December 16. Picture date: Thursday December 23, 2021.

People release balloons in Sutton, in memory of brothers Kyson and Bryson, aged four, and Leyton and Logan, aged three, who died in a fire at their home in Collingwood Road, Sutton, south London, on December 16. Picture date: Thursday December 23, 2021.

“The younger two, they were more boisterous and would play fight with each other, and do sword fights, Nerf guns, they liked all stuff like that, same as Logan, but they all liked superheroes, that’s the one thing they shared together, they used to love dressing up and playing with each other and just pretending to be all of these superheroes. It was just lovely.”

Mr Hoath said he has kept the presents – including trainers, clothes and superhero figures – he bought for his sons underneath his Christmas tree, but will donate them after Christmas Day.

He said: “I feel that I should donate them maybe to a hospital or charities and at least some children somewhere can get to use them and make my sons proud because they’re going to sit there and they’re not going to get used.

People release balloons in Sutton, in memory of brothers Kyson and Bryson, aged four, and Leyton and Logan, aged three, who died in a fire at their home in Collingwood Road, Sutton, south London, on December 16. Picture date: Thursday December 23, 2021.

People release balloons in Sutton, in memory of brothers Kyson and Bryson, aged four, and Leyton and Logan, aged three, who died in a fire at their home in Collingwood Road, Sutton, south London, on December 16. Picture date: Thursday December 23, 2021.

“I just feel it’d be better if I gave them to someone who can enjoy them.”

Mr Hoath said he was “overwhelmed” by the public support since the boys’ death.

On Thursday evening, hundreds of balloons were released into the air in their memory, as neighbours, friends and well-wishers gathered to pay their respects.

A sea of blue could be seen from the ground as blue balloons were let into the air for Kyson, Bryson, Leyton and Logan.


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