Mourners asked to line streets for funeral of siblings killed in house fire

A community will be united in grief tomorrow as the three siblings who died in a Paisley house fire are buried.

Fiona, Alexander James and Philip Gibson died after a blaze ripped through their Renfrew Road home on June 26.

The youngsters, who were 12, eight and five, will be lead to rest following a service tomorrow afternoon.

Their parents Alex Gibson and Julie Daley, who was also seriously injured in the fire, have asked all those who wish to pay their respects to line the route of the funeral cortege.

The procession will start at Netherhill Road, pass St Catherine’s Primary School, where the two boys attended, and finish at the roundabout at the top of Gallowhill Road.

Alex Gibson kneels to read tributes to Fiona, Phil and Alexander (Image: John Dingwall)

All those who wish to attend are asked to wear colourful clothing and to clap softly as the cars pass in a sign of respect to the Gibson and Daley families.

Plans for the funeral have been confirmed as the family thanks all those who have sent comforting words and messages of support in the past few weeks.

Alex’s brother Ian Gibson said: “On behalf of my brother Alex and his partner Julie, we would like to thank everyone for their generosity, kindness and support.

“Although we are still hurting as a family, we are overwhelmed with all the messages and donations and appreciate everyone’s contribution, especially the support received from Facebook page Kids of Gallowhill and staff at Tesco garage on Renfrew Road.

“Nothing and nobody has gone un-noticed and the family appreciate everyone for pulling together at this time in our need of support. We will try and thank everyone for their support individually if possible once funeral has passed.

“On July 9, Alex and Julie have asked the funeral parlour for cars to pass St Catherine’s Primary School.

“Anyone who wishes to pay their respects, we estimate this to happen 12.30pm to 1pm.”

An online fundraiser for Alex and Julie has toppled £29,000 as people from across Renfrewshire and beyond strive to support the couple who also lost all their worldly possessions in the fire.

It was set by family friend Esther Chalk and adds to donations of clothes and household items which have been collected by several people in the Gallowhill community.

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A second Just Giving page, created by Julie’s colleagues at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, has raised a further £5,000.

Julie remained in hospital for the week after the fire as she was pulled from the first-floor flat with her children.

Alex had gone to the local garage and returned to find the flat being ravaged by flames and his family still inside.

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The three children were rescued from the fire, which broke out at around 9pm on the Friday evening, by firefighters who, upon arriving within minutes, found a well-developed blaze.

The siblings were taken to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital but died a short time later.

Police confirmed last week there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the fire.

Daily Record – Paisley