Police investigate South Yorkshire teen’s party death

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A MURDER investigation has been launched after the death of a teenager who suffered serious burns at a house party in South Yorkshire.

Police said the 18-year-old, who has not yet been named, ‘suffered significant burns on his body’ at the party on Pleasant View, Cudworth, Barnsley, in the early hours of Saturday.

Officers were alerted at around 2.20am and said the casualty was taken to Barnsley Hospital before being transferred to a specialist burns unit at Sheffield’s Northern General.

He was later transferred to Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield, where he died from his injuries at 11.40am on Sunday.

A post mortem examination was carried out yesterday to establish the cause of death.

Firefighters said when they were alerted to the incident they found two people suffering from burns, who were being treated at the scene by paramedics.

A fire service investigation established the fire had been started deliberately.

Six people, all from Barnsley, were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder on Saturday - three men, aged between 19 and 39, and three teenagers, aged between 16 and 17.

A 16-year-old girl was released due to insufficient evidence and the remaining five were bailed.

Anyone who was at the party should call South Yorkshire Police on 101.