Helensburgh, Argyle & Bute, Scotland: £10,000 Reward Offered For Information Following Death Of Siblings In Arson Attack

29 Jul

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Video: Family Plea To Catch Siblings’ Fire Killer 

An emotional appeal for information has been made by the family of a brother and sister murdered in a house fire at the weekend.

Bridget Sharkey, eight, and her 21-year-old brother, Thomas, died after the fire at their home in Helensburgh, Argyll and Bute on Sunday morning.

Their parents, also Thomas, 55, and Angela, 46, received serious burns and are in a critical condition in hospital.

Valerie McFadyen, Mr Sharkey’s sister, said the relatives had been “left shattered, devastated and now angry by the deaths of our darling Bridget and Thomas”.

“Golf was Thomas’ life and all his family and friends aspired to be as good as he was. His smile lit up every room and he always found the best in everyone he met.

“We always thought he would be famous for his golf and not for the tragic way he died.”

Emergency services were called to the fire at the flat in Scott Court at around 5.10am on Sunday. The fire broke out in the living room and quickly spread.

Police said the building had just one door and the family was trapped.

Mr Sharkey was seen hanging out of the window and shouting for help. His son was found dead at the scene.

The rest of the family were taken by ambulance to Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley, Renfrewshire, where Bridget died a short time later.

Mr Sharkey was told of his children’s deaths on Tuesday but his wife does not yet know.

Mrs Sharkey’s sister Margaret McKechnie held back tears as she said: “Bridget was a bubbly, cheeky and extremely popular girl who loved dancing and going to Brownies.

“In her short life she touched so many people’s hearts and we will all miss her so much and Angela has lost her best friend.”

The family had recently returned from a holiday in Florida where the children swam with dolphins.

Mrs McKechnie added: “We would like to thank everyone for the messages of condolence and support.

“Thank you all for your help and please keep doing everything you can to help the police to find those responsible.”

Strathclyde Police said more than 50 officers are working on the murder investigation.

Crimestoppers is offering a £10,000 reward for information which leads to the arrest and conviction of whoever committed the crime.

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