Fundraising appeal launched following fatal house fire in South Yorkshire

The scene of a fatal house fire in Staincross, Barnsley
The scene of a fatal house fire in Staincross, Barnsley
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A fundraising appeal has been launched to help two South Yorkshire families following a fatal house fire.

Carol Padgett, aged 58, died along with her pet dog when a fire broke out in her home in New Road, Staincross, Barnsley, on Friday afternoon.

Flames ripped through the semi-detached house, with the blaze also affecting the property next door.

Ms Padgett's neighbours have had to move out of their home while repairs are carried out.

A fire service investigation found the cause of the blaze most likely to be due to the use of a candle.

An online fundraising page has been set up to help both families affected, with over £1,000 donated so far.

Those behind the Just Giving page - neighbours Julie Lau and Beverley Kellett - said they hope to raise £5,000.

Julie said: "On Friday, a fire tragically took the life of a neighbour and her little dog. Her partner has lost everything.

"The house adjoining is also badly damaged from smoke and water. Two dogs were rescued from their property and needed urgent vet care.

"The young couple are in temporary housing and luckily have been reunited with their beloved dogs, Milly and Maisy.

"These two families have lost everything and whilst the insurance will cover the work in the houses they are still going to have immense costs for funeral and vets bills.

"We need to all pull together now as a community and help them in whatever way we can. Please, please donate. Every little amount will help ease their their burden."

Visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/julie-lau to donate.

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