Update: Investigators believe ‘no suspicious circumstances’ in fatal Barnsley house fire

Scene of the fire on Cherry Tree St, Elsecar, Barnsley. ''rossparry.co.uk/Harry Whitehead

Scene of the fire on Cherry Tree St, Elsecar, Barnsley. ''rossparry.co.uk/Harry Whitehead

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A house fire in a South Yorkshire village in which a couple perished started in a bed and quickly spread, an investigation has found.

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue and South Yorkshire Police are continuing to investigate the cause of last night’s fire on Cherry Tree Street, in Elsecar, but believe there are no suspicious circumstances.

A flower left at the scene of the fire on Cherry Tree St, Elsecar, Barnsley, South Yorkshire.''rossparry.co.uk/Harry Whitehead

A flower left at the scene of the fire on Cherry Tree St, Elsecar, Barnsley, South Yorkshire.''rossparry.co.uk/Harry Whitehead

Firefighters rescued a man and a woman from the mid-terrace property but were unable to save them.

Investigating officer Andy Strelczenie, from South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue, said investigations in the cause are continuing.

He said: “The fire started in the first floor rear bedroom.

“We believe the main seat was the bed and duvet which quickly spread to nearby items resulting in a quite a rapid escalation of fire.

“Neighbours had tried to get in through the rear to assist a rescue but were battered back by the heat and smoke.

“Crews were quickly in attendance. A crew from Tankesley were first on the scene.

“We made entry through the front of the property, straight up the stairs and quickly rescued the two casualties who were in the bathroom that was to the rear of the bedroom.

“We carried them outside and both firefighters and paramedics worked on them to try and revive them but sadly that was in vain.

“At the moment we believe there is no suspicious circumstances but investigations are ongoing.

“South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue passes on their condolences to the family and friends of the people who died.”

Mr Strelczenie said there were two working smoke alarms inside the house which had been fitted by the fire service, and information received from neighbours was that they were operating.

He stressed the importance of having working smoke alarms in properties and an escape route in the event of a fire.

For more safety advice visit www.syfire.gov.uk

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