Mother’s memories live on in names of new baby twins

Michelle Smith and Martin Goulding together outside Preston Crown Court.
Michelle Smith and Martin Goulding together outside Preston Crown Court.
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The devastated mother of the four siblings who died in a fire has been given a glimmer of hope after giving birth to another set of twins.

Mum-of-11 Michelle Smith lost four-year-old twin daughters, Holly and Ella, two-year-old son Jordan and 19-year-old son Reece in the devastating blaze which broke out at the family home in Lytham Road, Freckleton during her 36th birthday party.

Just five months ago she was given two rays of sunshine when she gave birth to a beautiful baby boy and girl.

And in a lasting tribute to the children she lost, Michelle named her newborns Elly Louise and Jaden Reece.

In a tribute posted online to her son Reece, Michelle wrote: “I miss you so very much mate. I’m naming your newborn twin brother and sister Elly Louise and Jaden Reece in memory of you, Jordan, Holly and Ella.

“I love you with all of my heart.”

Michelle and her family had been in the house in Lytham Road, Freckleton, for just a few months when the tragedy happened.

The dormer bungalow, which had been recently been renovated, had been inherited by Michelle’s mother Christine.

In the months following August 2011 when they first moved in, the family hosted several parties, regularly seeing local teenagers invited.

January 7, the day of Michelle’s 36th birthday, was no different.

But it was the actions of one guest, Dyson Allen, which were to have catastrophic consequences.

The former Lytham St Annes High School pupil, then 18, had lived with his grandmother in Lytham after his mum moved to Liverpool, but had on occasions lived with the Smith family.

And he had become a friend of Michelle’s children.

But as Michelle’s party was in full flow, Allen was starting the fire which would rob her of four of her children.

Why he set fire to clothing in a wardrobe in the bedroom where three of them were sleeping remains a mystery.

Holly, Ella and Jordan had all been asleep in the same upstairs bedroom, just yards away from where the fire was started.

After the fire was discovered, brave Reece ran back into the house to save his brother and sisters before fire crews arrived.

He rushed up the stairs, followed by Lloyd Wall and Dyson Allen.

But the smoke was too thick.

And as Reece collapsed, Allen and Lloyd Wall had run to a neighbour’s house to raise the alarm.

But for Michelle Smith’s four children, it was already too late.

Dad hails son as ‘true hero’

The father of 19-year-old Reece Smith, who died trying to rescue his siblings from the fire, has described him as a “true hero”.

Reece was overcome by thick smoke as he ran upstairs and desperately tried to reach four-year-old twins Holly and Ella and two-year-old Jordan.

Reece’s father, Martin Goulding, said the loss had been “devastating for the whole family”.

Mr Goulding, 49, who is from Blackpool, said he had received the news of the tragedy on January 8, when he was told by police.

“I’ve lost my son and the family altogether has lost four children,” he said.

“It doesn’t make any sense at all, I don’t understand it.

“The loss is just so great, there’s no words to cover that.

“He has done me and the family proud, trying to save his brother and sisters.

“He loved his family very much. I wouldn’t have expected him to do anything else, that’s the sort of person he was.

“If there was ever somebody in trouble, he would be there to help them.”

He added that he had lost his son and “best friend”.

Reece was a pupil at Lytham St Annes High School.

At the funeral service for the siblings, which was held in Lytham, Michelle Smith described Reece as “not only my first born but my best friend, my rock, big brother to your little sisters and brother.”

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