Parents pay tribute to ‘little angel’ who died in house fire

Libby-Jayne Hornsby from Don Street, Conisbrough.
Libby-Jayne Hornsby from Don Street, Conisbrough.
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The parents of a two-year-old girl who died in a house fire in Doncaster have paid tribute to their ‘perfect’ daughter.

Libby-Jayne Hornsby died in the fire at the property in Don Street, Conisbrough, on Thursday evening.

In a statement, her mother, Kelly Hambrey said: “Libby-Jayne was a perfect little girl, always smiling and happy. She was loved by all of her family, her mum, brother, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.

“She was our world. As a family we want to thank our friends and neighbours for their support at this time.”

Neil Hornsby, Libby-Jayne’s father, said his daughter would be sadly missed.

He said: “She was always full of life and fun, with bright hair and bright eyes.

“Before Libby was born I felt something was missing in my life and after she was born I knew that I had found what was missing, it was Libby.

“My life with Libby was brilliant, but now there is something missing again.

“I have been told of the bravery of the police and fire service who tried to rescue my daughter and I want to thank them sincerely from the bottom of my heart for their efforts.”

Fire crews from Edlington and Dearne stations were called to the house at 7.45pm on Thursday.

They entered the property wearing breathing apparatus and located the fire in an upstairs bedroom.

Fire chiefs said the blaze involved bedding – and that there was no smoke alarm fitted at the house.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Heartbroken friends and neighbours have been leaving flowers in the street for a ‘lovely little girl’ who they said was always smiling.

Neighbours said a young teenager was believed to have been babysitting Libby-Jayne at the time of the fire, while Kelly was out.

One neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said: “There was a young boy outside the house screaming.

“The mum arrived home about 20 minutes after Libby had been taken away in an ambulance and was obviously distraught.”