'The hardest day of our lives': Dad and son killed in horrific Wigan house fire laid to rest

Ethan Mason
-Credit: (Image: Facebook Jessie Jack)

A dad and son who were killed in a devastating house fire have been laid to rest by their heartbroken family.

Four-year-old Ethan Mason and his dad 45-year-old Barry both tragically died in the fire on Warrington Road in the early hours of April 14. Ethan sadly died of his injuries in hospital in hospital after Barry had bravely 'ran back inside to save him'.

Ethan's aunt Jessica posted a photo and tribute to Barry on her Facebook page after his death, saying he was the family's 'very own superhero'. And, following Ethan's death, two days after being rushed in with serious injuries, she said 'didn't want his daddy to be alone'.

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Now the pair have both been laid to rest by their devastated loved ones. The funeral was held on May 23, which also happened to be 'National Ethan Day', the Liverpool Echo reports.

In response to a post on the Echo's Facebook page about the day, Ethan's aunt Jessica said: "Oh he's definitely here with us." In a separate post, she wrote: "Today is going to be the hardest day of our lives.

"Today we say goodbye to our little rainbow bubble Ethan and our hero Barry. Today we will try our hardest to stay strong for your mummy and your precious brothers and sister.

"We will hold them tight for you both. See you on the other side my loves."

Barry and Ethan Mason tragically died following a house fire
Barry and Ethan Mason tragically died following a house fire -Credit:Facebook

The devastating fire is believed to have started in the kitchen of the home on Warrington Road, before it spread to the roof. Six people were inside the family home at the time as neighbours were evacuated.

Emergency services quickly responded to the incident and cordoned off the area overnight as the fire ripped through the semi-detached house. Four-year-old Ethan was rushed to hospital and had been in an induced coma after being rescued.

Police later confirmed the following day that Barry had died, with the family saying that he had tried to save Ethan who was trapped inside.

Following initial enquiries, Greater Manchester Police said they did not believe there were any suspicious circumstances involved in the fire. A fundraiser set up to raise money for the family has raised more than £60,000 since the blaze.

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