Four-year-old boy dies after Wigan house fire that also killed his father

The most heartbreaking update.

Daisy Jackson Daisy Jackson - 17th April 2024

A four-year-old boy has tragically passed away several days after a horrific house fire in Wigan.

His 45-year-old dad also died from his injuries on the day of the blaze, at around 2.30am on Sunday 14 April.

The young boy was rushed to hospital with serious injuries, but died in hospital earlier today.

Four other people received treatment following the house fire on Warrington Road at the weekend.

Local authorities do not believe there are any suspicious circumstances involved in the incident.


And Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue are continuing to investigate the causes of the fire and are in regular contact with officers.

A GoFundMe page set up to support the family has named the father and son as Barry and Ethan Mason.


Prior to Ethan’s death, it said: “Hello, my name is Jessica. Yesterday morning at around 1am my sister’s house went up in flames.

“Devastatingly we lost my brother in law and my beautiful little nephew has suffered over 86% burns to his body.

“The last thing this man did was to run back into a burning house and save his little boy.”


It then detailed that Ethan had spent a long time in surgery and been placed in an induced coma, and was given only a 10% chance of survival. Tragically, he did not make it.

The GoFundMe continued: “We are all absolutely heartbroken, but my sister and her other children have lost absolutely everything.

“I have set up this go fund me to not only help with funeral costs but to help with clothing and other necessities for her other babies, and to help with the financial burden my sister will have to cope with on top of losing her husband and having her baby in hospital for god knows how long.

“Anything you can donate will be massively appreciated. Thankyou for reading and Love to all.

“Hold your babies a little bit tighter because you just never know.”


The GoFundMe has already raised more than £33,000, at the time of writing.

Detective Inspector Lee Gridley, from GMP’s Wigan district, said: “This is a devastating incident and all of our thoughts are with the family of this young boy, who had his entire life ahead of him.

“Together with the earlier death, this is a tragedy for the Wigan community and I know that many people will be shocked by this heartbreaking news.

“I hope people will join us in sending their absolute best wishes to all those involved in this incident, as they begin their journey in the healing process.

“While we are not treating the incident as suspicious, if anyone has any information they believe is important, please do get in touch with us. You can do this by calling police on 101, quoting log 393 of 14/04/2024.”


The family have asked for their privacy as they come to terms with their loss, and have asked for people to respect their grieving process.

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