TRIBUTES have today been paid to an “amazing” couple killed in a house fire with their four-year-old daughter as three other kids remain in hospital.
Kaylie and Dan Rudge, aged 28 and 29, and little Lilly tragically couldn’t be saved following the devastating blaze in Exeter yesterday.
Dan and Kaylie Rudge were killed in a house fire in ExeterCredit: Facebook
Their four-year-old daughter was also killed in the blazeCredit: SWNS:South West News Service
Two boys aged four and nine and a seven-year-old girl were also in the house at the time of the fire and remain in hospital.
Devon and Cornwall Police, who have launched an investigation, said everyone in the house was related.
Tributes have now flooded in for the tragic couple, who had been married for five years, and their young daughter.
Daniel’s sister Mandy Rudge, 31, said “There’s not much we can say, words cannot describe how we feel.
“I’ve lost a brother, sister and niece.
“We were talking with them only the other day and now they’re gone.
“Kaylie was the most beautiful person in the whole world and Daniel has the biggest heart in the world.
“They would do anything for anyone.”
The couple’s other children remain in hospitalCredit: Facebook
Close pal Lauren England said: “Daniel’s sister is our good friend and neighbour and we used to socialise a few times a week with Daniel and Kaylie.
“We are absolutely devastated and heartbroken not only to lose friends, but to help his sister and family get through this awful time.
“They were such funny, caring and loving individuals, amazing parents to their four beautiful babies.
“They were always there when we needed them the most without any hesitation, they were at our door within minutes, always thinking about everyone else but themselves.
“They will be truly missed and Exeter has gained a huge hole in its heart as they were very popular among the community.
“We hope their souls are at peace and their babies they’ve left behind will be very well taken care of and will never go without love and care from us all.”
Tributes have been paid to Dan, who was the member of a motorcycle club in DevonCredit: GoFundMe
Motorbike club Satans Slaves MC DEVON, where Dan was a member, also paid tribute to the family alongside a photo of the dad in his leathers.
They wrote: “Rest in peace Dan Demons mc Devon…His wife Kayleigh and their little girl.
“Our prayers are with there other children in hospital. Sometimes there are just no words to cover such a tragedy.”
A GoFundMe page launched to help the tragic family has raised more than £2,000 so far.
Natalie Anderson, who organised the fundraiser, wrote: “On behalf of friends of the family and the bike club that Dan was a member of, I am helping to set up this go fund me page for the family.
“This will help their family cover costs for funerals, travel, child care and for the other children for in the present and the future.
“Please donate what you can for the family at this devastating time, our thoughts and prayers are with all family and friends and of course the children who are currently still in hospital.”
An investigation has been launched into the cause of the blazeCredit: SWNS:South West News Service
There is no suggestion of any third party involvementCredit: SWNS:South West News Service
Police were scrambled to the home just after 5.30am yesterday.
Fire crews had already extinguished the flames at the home, which remains behind a cordon today.
Cops confirmed there is no suggestion of any third-party involvement and they are not seeking anyone else in connection to the fire at this time.
Next of kin have been informed and the family are being supported by specialist officers.
Chief Superintendent Evans said police are “working closely with specialist scene investigators to help us understand how this tragic incident could have occurred”.
He added: “We hope to release the wider cordon along Bonhay Road by this evening, but an inner cordon surrounding the property along with a scene guard will be in place for the next three days at least, whilst vital scene investigation work takes place.
“This is a deeply upsetting incident and one that will cause great distress to the community, particularly to those who knew the family.
“I don’t doubt that people will wish to leave a tribute and flowers at the scene. I ask that at this time the public give our officers space to undertake the vital investigative work at the scene, and we will update you all over the coming days in relation to a safe space where people can leave flowers or a tribute if they wish.”
Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said crews from Danes Castle, Middlemoor, Clyst St George and Crediton all attended the fire.
A spokesperson for the service, said: “Our heartfelt thoughts are with the family and everyone involved in responding to this tragic incident.
“Our officers remain at the scene of the Exeter fire working alongside the police. Investigations into the cause of the fire continue and we are working closely with specialist scene investigators.”
The family’s next of kin have been informedCredit: SWNS:South West News Service
Fire crews were pictured at the sceneCredit: BPM Media
Three more children remain in hospitalCredit: SWNS:South West News Service