Woman arrested on suspicion of child neglect after two sets of twins die in fire

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A woman has been arrested in connection with the house fire that killed four brothers in south London.

Metropolitan Police have confirmed that a 27-year-old woman has been arrest on suspicion of child neglect.

Four brothers tragically died in a house blaze on Collingwood Road, Sutton, on Thursday evening.

London Fire Brigade deputy commissioner Richard Mills has confirmed that the four boys are two sets of twins, aged four and three.

At least 60 firefighters rushed to the scene and the incident has had a "profound impact" on the emergency service workers due to the young ages of the victims.

Flowers and tributes have been laid at the scene of the fire with one coming from the grandad of the boys.

The message on one of the bouquets reads: "To Kyson Bryson Leyton + Logan. Sleep well. Love Grandad".

The four boys, named by neighbours as siblings Kyson, Bryson, Keyton and Logan, were pulled from the inferno and rushed to hospital where they tragically died.

Mr Mills said when firefighters arrived at the house on Thursday night the blaze was "very well-developed".

He said: “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."

Heartbroken neighbours said the boys were "sweet-natured and happy twins".

One neighbour 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."

Shocking footage from the scene shows flames erupting from the front door of the property.

Smoke is seen billowing from the ground-floor windows and a bystander can be seen attempting to get close to the huge blaze but is forced back.

Firefighters in breathing apparatus battled their way into the fire to rescue the children, London Fire Commissioner Andy Row said.

The Metropolitan Police said next of kin were aware and would be provided with specialist support.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

The Met's 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."

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