Pictured: Boy, six, killed in house fire

Pictured: Boy, six, killed in house fire despite neighbours’ desperate battle to rescue him – as his family say his ‘light will always shine’

  • Riley Jake Jackson was found with serious injuries after the blaze in Derbyshire
  • He was given CPR at the scene but later died at a hospital in Nottingham
  • His family have paid tribute to the youngster and said he was a ‘brave warrior’ 
  • Riley had previously suffered with a serious heart condition which had required surgery after his first birthday 

Riley Jake Jackson (pictured) had survived heart surgery as a baby and was described by his family as a ‘warrior’

The grieving family of a young boy who died in a house fire have described him as a ‘brave warrior’ whose ‘light will always shine’.

Riley Jake Jackson died after a blaze ripped through his home in Derbyshire late on Friday 26 October.

Police were called to the house in Ilkeston, at 10.40pm on Friday after firefighters found Riley with serious injuries.

He was given CPR by emergency services at the scene but died at Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham.

His family have paid tribute to the six-year-old boy and also revealed that he had suffered with a serious heart condition, which required surgery just after his first birthday.

A statement released by the family said the young boy ‘loved life’ and that he had ‘touched the lives of everyone who met him’. 

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It read: ‘Despite being born with a serious heart condition and needing surgery just after his first birthday at Glenfield Hospital, as well as dealing with multiple health conditions, he took it in his stride like the brave warrior that he is.

‘Riley loved life and lived every day to the full, never letting any barriers hold him back.

‘He is a superhero, and his light will always shine as brightly as his smile.’

The fire ripped through the family home on Shaw Street (pictured) in Ilkeston, Derbyshire

The family asked that anyone who wishes to make a donation in Riley’s memory should do so with Heart Link Children’s Charity based at Glenfield Hospital (on the outskirts of Leicester), Keep The Beat children’s charity or the Patches Heart Group.

Firefighters set up a ‘visitor centre’ on Monday 29 October, at the corner of Shaw Street East and Greenwood Avenue, to provide support and fire-safety advice to local residents in Ilkeston.

A spokeswoman for Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service said the incident is not being treated as suspicious.

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