UPDATE: Families pay tribute to fire victims

Rosie Bennellick.

Rosie Bennellick. - Credit: Archant

Police name Honiton fire victims.

Harvey Bennellick.

Harvey Bennellick. - Credit: Archant

The families of three young people who died in a tragic house fire in Honiton have paid tribute to their ‘beautiful babies’.

Andy Gunn.

Andy Gunn. - Credit: Archant

Police today (Wednesday) confirmed the identity of the three people who died in a house fire at Lee Close last week as Rosie Bennellick, 17, Harvey Bennellick, three, and Andy Gunn, 18, of Bishopsteignton, who was Rosie’s boyfriend.

In a statement the family of Rosie and Harvey Bennellick said: “We have lost two of our beautiful babies. Rosie our beautiful daughter was the most amazing big sister anyone could ever ask for. She was always smiling, singing, dancing and most of all, loving to everyone she met. She was our daughter, our best friend and our rock. She always put a smile on everyone’s face and looked after anyone who needed help. She loved life and gave us more joy than she will ever know.

“Harvey, our beautiful baby boy, was a lot like his big sister. He loved to sing and dance around with her. He was funny and very loving. He didn’t like to see anyone upset and would always hug you if you were sad. He loved being around his brothers and sisters and other children. He would always ask to play and share and make everyone laugh. Harvey always smiled and made us smile; he was our baby.

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“Everyone who ever met Rosie and Harvey will have seen just how amazing they truly were and have some funny memories about them. They touched many people’s hearts. Our own hearts are broken; we loved them more than we will ever be able to say.

“Rosie and her boyfriend Andy, who sadly also died, loved each other more than words can say. They were together for almost three years and Andy will always be a big part of our family. Harvey particularly loved to see Andy; he would drop everything when he knew Andy was coming, to run for a cuddle. Our family are so thankful that Andy loved Rosie so much and we know that she loved him just as much. Our thoughts are also with Andy’s family in Bishopsteignton.

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“We would like to thank everyone for all of the help, support and care they are giving our family at this difficult time; it is truly overwhelming. We are particularly grateful for all of the lovely flowers and cuddly toys kindly left by friends and neighbours at the scene of the fire. We have asked that the toys be collected by police to place at the grave of Harvey and Rosie at a later time. We would also like to thank all the emergency services and the hospital staff for the care they gave to our babies.”

A statement from Andy Gunn’s family said: “Andy Gunn was the 18-year-old Bishopsteignton lad who died in the Honiton fire. He died along with his girlfriend Rosie who was the ‘love of his life’. He had his whole life in front of him. He lived in Bishopsteignton, a village he loved, and worked in the village at the Cockhaven Manor Hotel, where they considered him ‘family’. He will be missed by so many and leaves behind devastated and grieving parents, an older brother, and many friends who have a void in their lives from this loss.”

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