People asked to light a candle to remember siblings who perished in house fire

People are being asked to light a candle tonight to remember the three children who tragically died in a house fire a year ago.

Siblings Fiona, 12, Alexander, eight, and five-year-old Philip Gibson died when a blaze engulfed their Gallowhill home on June 19 last year.

Their mum Julie Daley was left in a critical condition in hospital after the fire. Dad Alex Gibson had just popped to nearby shops when the blaze took hold. Julie was later discharged after treatment and was able to attend the funeral.

Tributes to the three children soon came in from around the world with the community of Gallowhill rallying around the devastated family.

Sad scenes: The funeral of Fiona, Alexander James and Philip Gibson
Sad scenes: The funeral of Fiona, Alexander James and Philip Gibson
(Image: Andrew Neil)

Money, clothes, food and household items were donated while two online fundraisers raised £30,000.

Local community group KIDS of Gallowhill were also inundated with donations to help them get back on their feet.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was among the first to offer her condolences following the tragedy.

She said: “No words are enough. It’s just heartbreaking.

“My thoughts are with all who loved these poor children. Fiona, Alexander and Philip – may you rest in peace.”

Now KIDS of Gallowhill has posted online about the touching tribute tonight.

They said: “I would like to inform everyone and ask everyone to take part.

“The Gibson family have asked if we could all take part in lighting a candle at 9pm on Saturday for the 3 beautiful angels we gained.

“This was a huge loss as a scheme and we came together better than any other!

“Lets have Gallowhill shine in the memory of Fiona, Alexander & Philip.”

Police confirmed there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the fire.

Daily Record – Paisley