Sheffield family homeless after arson attack

Uninhabitable: Family home,
Uninhabitable: Family home,
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A SHEFFIELD woman and her three children were left homeless after an arson attack on their house while they were on holiday.

Claire Davies, aged 30, was on holiday in Turkey with her three children - Lauren 13, Natalie 12 and Abbie, six - when their home on Jenkin Avenue, Wincobank, went up in flames.

An investigation into the blaze is still under way but it is believed to have started in the hallway after something was pushed or posted through the letter box and set alight.

Claire, a mobile hairdresser, lost all her family’s possessions in the blaze but she says she did not have contents insurance and is unable to afford to replace everything.

Sheffield Council has re-homed her and her children in emergency bed and breakfast accommodation and Claire is appealing to Star readers to help her replace everything she lost in the fire - including children’s toys, clothes, coats and bedding.

She also lost all her mobile hairdressing equipment, leaving her unable to work.

“We lost everything in the fire, we are devastated,” she said. I am upset that somebody would want to do this to us but also upset that everything we used to own has been ruined - I have tried washing our clothes and toys but I just can’t get rid of the smell. We have nothing left.

“Contents insurance is not something I ever thought about before, so everything we had has gone.

“If anyone can help me replace anything I would be really grateful.”

She said the police tracked her down when she was holiday in Hisaronu, Turkey, to inform her of the fire but she had no idea how severe it had been.

Claire added: “Every single room apart from the living room is destroyed.

“The living room door was closed so that’s okay but all the others are covered in black soot and smell of smoke. The house is totally uninhabitable and I am now having to live in a B&B and am worried that someone might have deliberately targeted us.”

Police officers investigating the incident are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Anyone with any information regarding the fire is urged to contact South Yorkshire Police on 0114 2202020 quoting incident 229 of July 17.

Anyone who can help with donations for Claire and her family should email or call 0114 2521346.