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ARSON PROBE AS 2 JOCKEYS KILLED IN FIRE; Race world is stunned.

Byline: JOHN KELLY; MARK LISTER; ADRIAN BUTLER

TWO teenage jockeys died after a suspected arson attack on a block of flats.

Trainees Jamie Kyne and Jan Wilson were killed in the blaze as other residents jumped for their lives from windows.

Late yesterday the bodies of Jan, 19, and Jamie, 18, were still to be removed amid fears the building in Norton-on-Derwent, North Yorks, could collapse.

Police are treating the fire as suspicious and were last night questioning a local man in his 30s. It is believed the fire began on stairs, blocking any escape. Will Spowart, 24, who lives yards away, said the blaze came after a party at the flat. He saw "a large blue gas flame" shoot out of the upper storey and the windows blow out.

Jan, of Forfar, Angus, won her first race earlier this year. Jamie, 18, was one of Ireland's most promising jockeys.

His brother Gerald said: "The entire family is heartbroken. I just can't cry any more tears."

The fire started at 2.15am yesterday. One man had to jump from the top floor of the three-storey block, breaking his legs. Another survivor was released after treatment.

Yesterday jockeys around Britain wore black armbands and racecourses fell silent with flags at half-mast.

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Tipped for future... Jan Wilson Promising... Jamie Kyne A burnt-out window at the block of flats in Norton yesterday
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Date:Sep 6, 2009
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