House fire which killed South Yorkshire woman believed to have been caused by candles

A review into the fire which killed a woman in her own South Yorkshire home has concluded, believing the fire was started accidentally.

Saturday, 18th March 2017, 4:52 pm
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 9:52 am
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The fire broke out at a house on New Road, Staincross in Barnsley yesterday just before 6pm.

Around 30 firefighters were tackling the blaze at one point before the body of a woman was discovered inside the property.

A joint police and fire service investigation into the cause of the fire was launched last night.

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The investigation has now concluded and with South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue station that, "at this stage", the fire is thought to have been started accidentally.

The force added that the most likely cause of the fire was the use of candles.

Following the incident last night, South Yorkshire fire service tweeted: 'Sadly, a woman has died following a serious house fire in Barnsley this evening.'

They added: 'Firefighters were called to the incident on New Road, Staincross at around 5:49pm this evening'.