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Monday 22 October 2018

'We have lost three generations at once' - Derrylin fire victims' family speak of heartbreak

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The family of those killed in a house fire in Fermanagh have spoken of their "immeasurable loss" and paid their thanks to the local community for their support and their rescue efforts on the day of the blaze.

Three generations of the same family - including a baby and two teenagers - were killed when the ferocious blaze engulfed their Derrylin home on February 27.

They have been named locally as Edward Gossett (16), his sister Diane Gossett (19), their mother Crystal Gossett believed to be in her 40s, and Diane's young daughter, who it's thought was under the age of two. A man has appeared in court charged with their murders.

Neighbours, including the property's landlord Tommy Fee battled in vain to reach the family only to be held back by the flames.

In an interview with the Impartial Reporter the family said that while they had spoken to those that helped with the rescue effort, they felt they had not been able to fully express their full gratitude for all the efforts on the fateful day.

"Saying thank you is just not enough," said James Dickens, husband of Crystal's 28-year-old daughter Samantha, who live in England.

Forensic and fire officers at the house in Derrylin, Co Fermanagh, where four people died in a fire. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Forensic and fire officers at the house in Derrylin, Co Fermanagh, where four people died in a fire. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

"We are absolutely heartbroken," he added, "No matter how many thoughts and prayers there are and how much community support there is we have lost four generations of our family, we have lost three generations at once."

Mr Dickens has set up a fundraiser to help them with costs to bring the family back to Birmingham.

The scene of a fire which has claimed the lives of three people in the Molly Road area of Derrylin on 27th February 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
The scene of a fire which has claimed the lives of three people in the Molly Road area of Derrylin on 27th February 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

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