South Yorkshire toddler has died in house blaze

South Yorkshire Police have now named the two-year-old girl who died in a house fire on Thursday as Libby-Jayne Hornsby from Don Street, Conisbrough.'The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but fire investigators have confirmed the blaze involved bedding in the main bedroom on the first floor of the property.

South Yorkshire Police have now named the two-year-old girl who died in a house fire on Thursday as Libby-Jayne Hornsby from Don Street, Conisbrough.'The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but fire investigators have confirmed the blaze involved bedding in the main bedroom on the first floor of the property.

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A two-year-old girl has died following a house blaze in South Yorkshire.

The girl – named as Libby-Jayne Hornsby – died after a fire broke out in the bedroom of a house on Don Street, Conisbrough, near Rotherham, just before 8pm last night.

Don Street, Conisbrough, where a  two-year-old girl has died after a blaze broke out shortly after 8pm last night. Picture: Ross Parry Agency

Don Street, Conisbrough, where a two-year-old girl has died after a blaze broke out shortly after 8pm last night. Picture: Ross Parry Agency

A neighbour alerted firefighters to the blaze.

A team of firefighters entered the property and located the fire in an upstairs bedroom. The tot was rescued by firefighters from a bedroom window but died later in hospital.

A full investigation into the cause of the fire is under way.

Five children including the toddler and a baby are believed to have been involved in the serious house fire, which is thought to have started in the bedroom.

Investigators at the scene of the fatal fire on Don Street, Conisbrough.

Investigators at the scene of the fatal fire on Don Street, Conisbrough.

A South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue spokesman said: “Crews were called to the incident on Don Street at 7.47pm with the first fire engine from Edlington station arriving five minutes later, closely followed by a second crew from Dearne.

“A team of firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the property and located the fire in an upstairs bedroom. A young child was rescued from the bedroom but sadly died.

The scene of the blaze was cordoned off and under police guard this morning.

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “At 7.50pm yesterday, police received reports of a fire at a property on Don Street, Conisbrough.

Don Street, Conisbrough, where a  two-year-old girl has died after a blaze broke out shortly after 8pm last night

Don Street, Conisbrough, where a two-year-old girl has died after a blaze broke out shortly after 8pm last night

“A two-year-old girl was taken to hospital, where she sadly died from her injuries.

“Police believe no-one else was injured doing the incident.

“Enquiries are ongoing to establish the exact circumstances surrounding the fire.”

Libby lived at the terraced three-storey house with her mum Kelly and six-year-old brother Dylan.

Friends and neighbours flocked to the street today to leave floral tributes.

One neighbour, who had been walking her dog when she saw emergency services outside the house, said Kelly had been out last night and a young teenager had been babysitting the children.

The woman, who did not want to be named, said: “I was finishing walking the dog last night, about 8pm.

“There was a young boy outside screaming, I don’t know what he was saying but he was screaming.

“I couldn’t see too much smoke but then they opened one of the windows upstairs and all this smoke came out.

“I’ve heard the fire may have been an accident.

“The neighbours phoned the ambulance.

“Then I saw the little girl being carried out of the house.

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

“I think the mum knew what had happened before she arrived because she just ran out of the car when she got here.”

Zena Wright, who said she is a good friend of Libby’s mum Kelly, said: “I can’t believe this.

“Libby used to call me Auntie Zena and her brother did too. Kelly and I have been friends for years.

“I don’t know what happened last night, I’ve only just heard that Libby has died this morning and am trying to find out myself.

“If Kelly was out she would have been at band practice, she was in a majorettes’ band.

“I’m devastated.”

A family member, who did not wish to be identified, said: “The family don’t want to say anything at the moment, we’re all very shocked and upset and want to come to terms with things before we speak.

“The other children in the house are all alright.

“Her mum is at home, she has been since she left the hospital last night.

“We’ve got an idea what happened but won’t be saying any more at this time.

“We just ask to be left alone.”

A spokesman for South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue said the cause of the fire remains under investigation, but fire investigators have confirmed the blaze involved bedding in the main bedroom on the first floor of the property.

They also say that they found no evidence of working smoke alarms inside the property and have urged residents to fit smoke alarms in their homes and to make sure they are working properly.

Steve Green, area manager, said: “This was a truly tragic incident and our thoughts are very much with all of those affected. Multi-agency investigations into what caused the fire are still ongoing.

“Smoke alarms give you the extra moments to escape if a fire starts and we once again urge people to have working alarms fitted on every level of their homes.”

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