Tragic mum's heartbreaking post before she's killed in fire alongside her kids, 4 and 8, as hero dad critically hurt | The Sun

A TRAGIC mum's heartbreaking post before she was killed in a fire alongside her kids has been revealed.

Gemma Germeney, 31, was sadly killed with son Oliver Peden, four, and daughter Lily, eight, when a blaze ripped through their Cambridge home.

Flames tore through the council maisonette at around 1am on Friday with cops confirming the deaths yesterday.

It's understood Gemma's "hero" partner Scott Peden, in his 30s, was hospitalised with life threatening injuries after trying to save his family.

He remains critically hurt as he continues to receive treatment.

The Peden family's two dogs were also killed in the inferno.


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One of Gemma's final Facebook posts, which came the day before her death, has now shown the love she had for her pups.

Re-sharing a picture, the caption read: "Always take care of your dog.

"Even if your world falls apart, he will still be there for you."

Neighbours previously paid tribute to the family, with one resident named Debbi saying: "Gemma loved her kids to bits, she was a devoted mum and she had a heart of gold.

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"We heard that her partner Scott had tried to rescue them all when the fire broke out in the middle of the night.

"He was a hero, but he couldn’t save them. Our thoughts and prayers are with him."

Facebook pictures show the family together, with one seeing them dressed to the nines for Gemma's 30th birthday party.

Others show her and Scott sharing a cuddle and the kids celebrating little Lily's birthday.

A second neighbour, who witnessed the tragedy, said: "I was woken up by what I thought was a car alarm, but it must have been a smoke alarm going off.

"There was smoke billowing everywhere and I could see flames, and hear the sounds of windows smashing.

"I didn’t realise how serious it was until I saw some stretchers being wheeled out. It was absolutely horrific."

Another witness added that they had been woken by "screaming" before realising the "mayhem" that was unfolding.

In a statement, Area Commander Stuart Smith of Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service described the loss as "devastating".

He said: "It’s just heartbreaking.

"A fire like this is one of the toughest incidents you can attend as a firefighter."

A young child from a neighbouring home was also admitted to hospital.

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It is believed he was suffering from smoke inhalation and did not have any major injuries.

Investigations into the cause of the fire are ongoing, the service confirmed.

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