Inquest rules fatal house fire in Barnsley was accidental

An inquest into the death of a woman in a house fire in Barnsley ruled that the blaze started accidentally.

Monday, 18th June 2018, 10:37 am
Updated Tuesday, 19th June 2018, 5:08 pm
Carol Padgett died in a house fire in Barnsley

Carol Padgett, aged 58, died along with her pet dog when a fire broke out in her home in New Road, Staincross, Barnsley, in March 2017.

CRIME: Boys threatened by teen with knife in Sheffield parkFlames engulfed the semi-detached house and a fire service investigation found the cause of the blaze was most likely to have been a candle or lighter coming into contact with paper on the coffee table in the property.

POLICE: Man hunted over attack on couple in Chesterfield town centreFriends and neighbours rallied round in the wake of the tragedy to help Ms Padgett's partner, who lost everything in the blaze.

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An inquest into Ms Padgett's death ruled that she died as a result of an accident.

She suffered carbon monoxide poisoning as smoke filled her home.

Following her death, Ms Padgett's son, Lee, said she had a 'heart of gold'.