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Father’s trib­ute to ‘lit­tle an­gels’

● Three chil­dren die af­ter blaze at home

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Afa­ther has paid trib­ute to his three chil­dren who died in hos­pi­tal af­ter a blaze at their Ren­frew­shire home.

Fiona, Alexan­der James and Philip Gib­son were taken to the Queen El­iz­a­beth Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal af­ter the flat fire at Ren­frew Road in Pais­ley on Fri­day night.

The sib­ings – aged 12, eight and five – died a short time af­ter be­ing ad­mit­ted.

Alex Gib­son, their father, wrote on Face­book: “May u rest in peace lit­tle an­gels”.

He later added: “How I miss them al­ready, now I know what it feels like when ur world comes crash­ing down”.

A JustGiv­ing page was also posted on his Face­book site, hav­ing been set up by a fam­ily friend, which said the chil­dren’s mother “is in ICU in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion”.

Po­lice said a 39-yearold woman was taken to Pais­ley’s Royal Alexan­dra Hos­pi­tal af­ter the fire, which emer­gency ser­vices re­sponded to at about 9pm on Fri­day.

The fundraiser hit its £10,000 tar­get within hours, hav­ing raised more than £14,000 by early af­ter­noon yes­ter­day.

Flow­ers and cud­dly toys were left at the scene on Satur­day as the smell of smoke still lin­gered at the Gal­lowhill hous­ing es­tate.

One passer-by said lo­cal peo­ple were left “shocked” by what hap­pened and sim­ply added: “God bless those weans.”

Among the flow­ers left at the scene were some from Gavin New­lands, MP for Pais­ley and Ren­frew­shire North, who wrote on a card: “We are all so sorry for your heart­break­ing loss.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.”

First Min­is­ter Ni­cola Stur­geon also called the chil­dren’s deaths “heart­break­ing”.

She tweeted: “No words are enough. It’s just heart­break­ing. My thoughts are with all who loved th­ese poor chil­dren.” Ear­lier on Satur­day, the Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice said six fire crews had been met with a “well de­vel­oped” blaze in a first­floor prop­erty.

Plain-clothed po­lice of­fi­cers car­ried out in­quiries in the area while teams in white pro­tec­tive suits could be seen in and around the flat.

A po­lice spokesman said: “An in­ves­ti­ga­tion is un­der way to es­tab­lish the ex­act cir­cum­stances of this in­ci­dent.

“Any­one who has in­for­ma­tion that could as­sist our in­quiries should con­tact po­lice via 101 quot­ing in­ci­dent num­ber 3669 of 19 June 2020.”

 ??  ?? LOSS: Flow­ers and cud­dly toys have been left at the scene of the fire at a flat in Pais­ley, Ren­frew­shire
LOSS: Flow­ers and cud­dly toys have been left at the scene of the fire at a flat in Pais­ley, Ren­frew­shire
 ??  ?? Fiona, Philip and Alexan­der James Gib­son died
Fiona, Philip and Alexan­der James Gib­son died
 ??  ?? Six fire crews were sent to the scene
Six fire crews were sent to the scene

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