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'He is a superhero': Tributes to six-year-old boy killed in house fire

Riley Jake Jackson's family say he Credit: Derbyshire Police

A six-year-old boy who died in a house fire in Ilkeston has been described as "superhero" who "touched the lives of everyone who met him".

Riley Jake Jackson was found with serious injuries on Shaw Street West just after 10.30pm on Friday 26 October.

He was taken to the Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham, where he died shortly after arriving.

The cause of the blaze is being investigated.

The fire broke out at Shaw Street West in Ilkeston. Credit: ITV News Central

In a statement, Riley's family's family revealed he was born with a serious heart condition, but "took it in his stride as like the brave warrior that he is".

“Riley touched the lives of everyone who met him," the statement reads.

He is a superhero, and his light will always shine as brightly as his smile.

– Statement from Riley Jake Jackson's family

It continues: “Despite being born with a serious heart condition and needing surgery just after his first birthday at Glenfield Hospital, as well as dealing with multiple health conditions, he took it in his stride like the brave warrior that he is.

“Riley loved life and lived every day to the full, never letting any barriers hold him back. He is a superhero, and his light will always shine as brightly as his smile.”