Mum Jade Horton and children Isaac, three, and Sienna, seven (Pictures: Facebook/SWNS)
The two young children killed in a house fire caused by an electrical fault as their mum jumped from a second-floor window to escape the flames have been pictured.
Three-year-old Isaac and seven-year-old sister Sienna were pronounced dead at the scene after the tragedy at their home in St Neots, Cambridgeshire, yesterday morning.
Their mother, Jade Horton, 35, remains in hospital with life-changing injuries after being left with ‘no other choice’ but to leap from the burning building.
She is thought to have broken both legs after landing on a patio.
Her 46-year-old partner also suffered minor injuries after trying to get into the building to rescue the children.
Investigators have said the blaze is likely to have been caused by an electrical fault in a first-floor bedroom.
Seinna, seven, and three-year-old Isaac (Picture: Facebook)
Mum Jade Horton is understood to have broken her legs as she leapt from the blazing house (Picture: Facebook)
A cousin of the two young children told The Sun Online they were ‘an absolute joy’.
He added: ‘Their mum Jade Horton is my auntie. We’re all shocked. I don’t think there’s anything suspicious, it was a horrible accident. It’s devastating.’
Neighbour Lewis Curtis, 19, said it was a ‘miracle’ Ms Horton and her partner made it out of the building.
His girlfriend Grace Yeates told The Sun: ‘The mum had no other choice but to jump to try to live or stay and die like her children, which is horrible.
‘No one knows what caused the fire but it is devastating. We knew the family by sight and heard they had only moved in a few weeks ago.’
Soft toys and floral tributes were left on a verge near the house.
A message left on one teddy bear said: ‘We have no words. So heartbroken. Hope you are all in a better place. XXX.’
The house is on a modern estate near St Neots, with many homes decorated for Christmas – including a festive wreath on one immediate neighbour’s door.
It is understood the electrical fault was not caused by Christmas lights or decorations.
A fire investigator in the burnt out window (Picture: PA)
Neighbour Charles Cooper, 30, said: ‘The flames went up fairly swiftly.
‘By the time my wife and I woke up the firefighters had already arrived. It took a good three or four hours before the smoke abated. The flames were coming out of the top window.’
He said he did not know the family to speak to but said ‘we would give them a wave’, adding: ‘I’ve seen the children playing in the garden.
‘Everyone’s perfectly polite and pleasant but it’s not the sort of place we all get together on a regular basis.’
Another neighbour, Peter Kellythorn, 40, said there was a smell ‘like something might be smouldering’ when he awoke on Thursday.
He said: ‘I got dressed, came outside and there was smoke billowing out from the back window.’
Floral tributes on a tree nearby (Picture: James Linsell-Clark/SWNS)
Emergency services at the scene (Picture: PA)
A cuddly toy left with tributes at the scene (Picture: PA)
Mr Kellythorn added that a satellite dish on the house appeared to have melted, and said: ‘The heat – it doesn’t bear thinking about. It’s awful.
‘We hoped everyone had got out. They’re fairly new houses and they’re all fitted with fire alarms and things. It’s just awful.’
In a statement, Cambridgeshire Police said: ‘An investigation into the fire has concluded the most probable cause was an electrical fault in a first-floor bedroom at the property.
‘There are no suspicious circumstances and a file is in the process of being handed to the coroner where police involvement will end.’
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