Dried-out Christmas tree and fairy lights could have caused deadly fire that killed mum and two children
33-year-old Justine Collison, her eight-year-old daughter Isabella, and her five-year-old son Harvey were all killed in the horrific fire
It has been reported that a Christmas tree could have been the cause of a blaze which ripped through a family's home and took the lives of a mother and her two young children. The victims, 33-year-old Justine Collison, her eight-year-old daughter Isabella, and her five-year-old son Harvey, were killed in the horrific fire.
The family died in their home in Collingham near Newark, Nottinghamshire, on Saturday, December 15. Justine's son Harvey was reportedly rushed to the hospital in a very serious condition but the police confirmed that he had passed away. According to friends, the children's father and Justine's husband Gavin Collison is currently fighting for life in hospital and has "had his world ripped away from him".
The exact cause of the fire has not yet been determined although investigations are underway. As reported by the Sun, neighbors believe that it may have been "candles or Christmas lights" and they reported seeing flames emerge from the family's home. They also suggested that the lights could have started the fire after their Christmas tree dropped its needles. Justine's mother Diane Fletcher was successfully evacuated with no injuries from the building.
The family had moved into the home, estimated at £350,000, around 18 months before the tragic fire took place. Justine was a teaching assistant at a special needs school while Gavin was an engineer at a nearby RAF base.
A woman and an eight year old girl have died and a man an young boy are in hospital after a fire in Collingham on the Lincolnshire/Nottinghamshire border. They're all members of the same family. An investigation is underway. pic.twitter.com/PMplOIPw2Q— BBC East Yorks and Lincs (@looknorthBBC) December 15, 2018
The parents would often share pictures of the family on social media and just a week ago, Justine posted a picture of Harvey and Izzy enjoying ice-cream on the beach together.
Earlier in the year, Gavin shared a family picture along with the caption, "A few holiday highlights from our family trip to London. Oh so tiring but worth it! #familylove." Neighbors paid tribute to Justine saying that she was "always smiling" and "idolized" her children.
A woman who worked at the same school as Justine, Cath Hardy, shared, "You couldn't meet a nicer woman. She adored her children and husband, absolutely idolized them. I will remember her with fondness, always laughing and joking. She was really looking forward to Christmas. It's absolutely heartbreaking. As for Gavin — there are no words. He's lost his wife and two children. His world has been taken away from him."
One neighbor shared, "At this time of year it could be candles or Christmas lights. It is just such a tragedy. I can’t comprehend it." Rich Stapleford, the chief inspector of the Nottinghamshire Police area, confirmed that Harvey had passed away in the hospital.
He shared, "Tragically a boy, five, who was rescued from the house and taken to hospital has died. This follows the news that a girl, aged eight, and a woman, aged 33, died following the incident. A 34-year-old man remains in hospital in a serious condition. Our thoughts are with the victims, their families, friends and the community of Collingham at this difficult time."