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Blaze family are laid to rest.

Byline: JAMES TAIT

MORE than 600 mourners packed into a small parish church yesterday to say farewell to a family of three who died in a house fire.

John Lennon, 44, his wife Linda, 43, and 21-year-old disabled son Paul were killed in the blaze early on Sunday morning, in Kennoway, in Fife.

Firefighters were called to the Lennons' home in Hill Road, just before 3am after a neighbour's smoke alarm went off.

They found the kitchen in the two-storey house blazing and the rest of the building filled with smoke.

Teams using breathing apparatus smashed their way in and found Jock, Linda and Paul in their smoke filled bedrooms.

The news of the triple tragedy stunned the small town where the Lennons were well respected.

Yesterday friends and neighbours packed St Kenneth's Parish Church, as the community turned out for an emotional tribute.

Rev Richard Baxter spoke of the shock and sadness the deaths of the popular family had caused.

He said: "The tragic event which has taken John, Linda and Paul's lives has hit family, friends, neighbours and workmates alike.

"It is always hard to come to terms with the loss of a loved one, but today we come in sorrow at the loss of a whole family."

Mr Lennon, known as Jock, and wife Linda were devoted to caring for son Paul, who suffered from diabetes and was almost completely blind.

Many friends and neighbours spoke of the couple's love for their son.

Friend Garry Given, 41, said: "His family looked after him and he was always immaculately turned out.

"His mum and dad were very nice people."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 1, 2003
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