Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'We're Heartbroken at the Death of Our Four Babies'

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'We're Heartbroken at the Death of Our Four Babies'

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THE family of four children who died after a fire at their Salford home say they are dreading the day they have to inform their mother of the death of her 'babies' - as they continue to pray that she pulls through. Michelle Pearson, 35, is still fighting for life in hospital after a blaze at her home on Jackson Street, Walkden, in the early hours of Monday. Four children - Demi Pearson, 15, Brandon Pearson, eight, Lacie Pearson, seven, and three-year-old Lia Pearson all died as a result of the fire.

The children's grandad Mike Pearson, auntie Claire Pearson and uncle Chris Pearson paid an emotional tribute to the 'beautiful' children who they say were all so close - and vowed the tragedy will not break them as a family. In a joint statement they said: "This week has been a whirlwind. We have been in our own bubble and our focus has been solely on our family, on our Michelle, as she lies in her hospital bed.

"We are heartbroken at the death of our four babies.

"Demi, such a beautiful young lady with so many friends. She would do anything for anyone, nothing was too much trouble. She had been poorly through her life, but she was tough and so strong, nothing could stop her.

"She was like another mum to the younger ones, such a star.

"Brandon was going to be the next Stephen Hawking, he was so clever and you would feel like you were talking to an old man when you spoke to him. He would use words that we didn't even know! He took after his grandad, he never wanted to throw anything away and he would wear the same old T-shirt even after he'd grown out of it.

"He had a pumpkin onesie that he adored, he wore it so much that his mum had to throw it away whilst he was at school and buy him a new one - it was so tatty.

"Brandon and Lacie were like twins, they were close in age, but had an even closer bond. They were always together. You couldn't just do something with one of them, they came as a pair.

"Lacie was a little diva, she loved to dance. There was always music on in the house and Lacie would always be dancing to it. Her teachers said she would ask to go to the toilet then dance out of the classroom and down the corridor.

"Little Lia loved Peppa Pig. …

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