A DAD was found dead in a bathtub with his ten-year-old daughter in the locked bathroom of their burning home, an inquest heard.
Garry Bolton, 47, reportedly told pals he had “nothing to live for” before barricading himself in the house with Paige after it erupted in flames.
An inquest heard today how emergency crews were scrambled to the house in Hull on January 25, 2020, after the blaze erupted.
Firefighters broke down the locked bathroom door where they discovered Paige and her dad in the bath.
They managed to get Paige and her dad out but he was declared dead at the scene.
Paramedics battled to save Paige for 45 minutes after she was carried from the house in her pyjamas but she couldn’t be saved and died in hospital.
A post mortem found both Paige and Bolton died from smoke inhalation.
It was the second tragedy to hit the family after the schoolgirl’s twin brother Ethan passed away at just six months old in 2009.
The hearing was told Bolton had never got over his son’s death.
His sister Tracey said: “The happiest I saw him was when he was holding his twins and smiling.
“He was a loving and devoted father to Paige who he absolutely adored and he always put her first.
“He was thoughtful and caring. He was a gentle giant with a passive nature. He cared for his family but never really got over the death of Ethan.”
‘MUM WITH NO KIDS’
Another pal told the hearing Bolton had recently grown “paranoid” and claimed he was being “bullied” leading up to his death.
He had also received counselling for his low self-esteem and paranoia.
Following the tragedy, Paige’s mum spoke about the agony of losing Paige and her twin brother Ethan.
Cherie Rangley broke down, saying: “I’ve lost both my bairns now. I’m a mum with no kids left.”
She added: “Ethan was only six months old so I didn’t really have a life with him but I’ve had nearly 11 years with Paige and all I’ve got is memories.
“It is doing my head in. I’m walking down the street seeing little people with red hair like Paige. It is just breaking me so much.”
Cherie also paid tribute to her “little fighter” and revealed she “couldn’t let go of her” when she was forced to identify her body.
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She said: “She is a very shy, sensitive but stubborn little girl. She was like a little comedian as well, she took after me.
“She was just funny but very stubborn. She was very reserved. Very, very shy. She was very delicate.”
The inquest continues.