Boy, 4, who died after house fire 'didn't want daddy to be alone'

Ethan Mason, four, died from his injuries in hospital
Ethan Mason, four, died from his injuries in hospital -Credit:Facebook

The heartbroken family of a boy who died after a house fire that killed his dad said he "didn't want him to be alone".

Ethan Mason died in hospital on Tuesday, April 16, after suffering 70% burns to his body from the fire on Warrington Road in Wigan in the early hours of Sunday, April 14. The four-year-old was rescued from the burning house by his dad, Barry Mason, 45, who died after running back inside to save his son.

Emergency services were called to the scene at around 2.30am on Sunday. Six people were reported to be inside the family home at the time of the fire.

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Ethan was placed in an induced coma after suffering serious injuries and died two days later in hospital. In a tribute posted on Facebook, Ethan's aunty Jessica said: "Little Ethan decided he didn’t want his daddy to be alone, and he is now back in his arms.

"As a family we are all completely broken but want to thank you, every single one of you, for your words of love and support. Please respect our family's privacy at this time and allow us to grieve this terrible loss."

A Gofundme page set up to support the family has raised more than £38,000 so far. Jessica wrote: "Please, if you can, still donate as devastatingly we now have two funerals to arrange and so many costs to cover after the fire has destroyed not only my beautiful sister's life but everything her and the kids have owned."

Hundreds of people replied to the post to share their condolences with the family. One person wrote: "Sending so much strength and love to your sister and all of your family, thinking of you all today and always, rest peacefully little man."

Another wrote: "Absolutely heartbreaking this is. Fly high precious boy with your super hero daddy. My heart goes out to all the family xxxxx."

A third said: "Heartbreaking so sorry for your loss, go and play with your daddy in the clouds little man xx."

A fourth wrote: "Oh, I'm so sorry to hear this. Absolutely heartbreaking for you all."

Another said: "He is reunited with his daddy. May they both rest in eternal peace. My deepest sympathy to you, your sister and your family xxx."

Following initial enquiries into the fire, police do not believe that there are any suspicious circumstances involved. Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue is continuing to investigate the cause of the fire, working together with police.

Detective Inspector Lee Gridley, from GMP’s Wigan district, said: “This is a devastating incident and all of our thoughts are with the family of this young boy, who had his entire life ahead of him.

“Together with the earlier death, this is a tragedy for the Wigan community and I know that many people will be shocked by this heartbreaking news. I hope people will join us in sending their absolute best wishes to all those involved in this incident, as they begin their journey in the healing process.

“While we are not treating the incident as suspicious, if anyone has any information they believe is important, please do get in touch with us. You can do this by calling police on 101, quoting log 393 of 14/04/2024.”

To visit the Gofundme page click here.