Two year old girl killed in fire
Published 01/10/2011 | 13:59
A two-year-old girl died after she was trapped in a burning van during a fire at a farm, police said today.
Isobel June Dobson was in the van with her one-year-old stepsister when the fire broke out at Hessle Farm, in Wragby, near Wakefield, West Yorkshire, at around 5.30pm yesterday.
Her mother and 37-year-old stepfather rescued the baby girl from the vehicle but were unable to get to Isobel before being beaten back by the flames and injured, West Yorkshire Police said.
Emergency services called to the fire last night found that two barns and a van parked nearby were ablaze on their arrival.
A police spokesman said: "Police have confirmed that two-year-old Isobel June Dobson, from South Elmsall, died last night following a fire at Hessle Farm, Wragby."
He added: "Isobel and her one-year-old stepsister were in the van when the fire broke out and, despite efforts by her 37-year-old stepfather and mother, they were only able to rescue the one-year-old girl before being beaten back by the flames and injured.
"The family, including the girl's 22-year-old mum, had been at the farm tending to a horse before the fire broke out."
Police said the man and the baby received treatment for burns at Pinderfields hospital in Wakefield overnight and had now been discharged.
The spokesman added: "The family have asked the media to respect their privacy at this very difficult time."
A joint investigation is ongoing between the police and fire service to establish the exact cause of the fire.
The fire is not believed to be suspicious.
Earlier Assistant Chief Fire Officer Martyn Redfearn, of West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: "Our condolences go out to the family and friends of the child."
He continued: "The firefighters worked very hard and were very moved dealing with this scene, as we always are dealing with tragedies like this."
Mr Redfearn said the fire was now "substantially" out but firefighters remained on the scene.
Huge hosepipes could still be seen running along the main road as firefighters used water from pipes in the village of Brackenhill, around one mile away from the farm, to pump to the property.
Police cordons were still in place on the small roads leading up to the isolated farm, where a tractor could be seen digging out hay and spreading it on to fields next to the barns.
People living in neighbouring farms said Hessle Farm was owned or rented by an elderly woman who ran livery stables.
The horses are believed to have been moved from the stables into a nearby field.
One neighbour, who did not want to be named, said there were could have been a number of people at the stables at that time of the evening.
She said: "It's not unusual for people to be knocking about at the stables.
"It's horrible circumstances. You could still see the fire at 2am."
A dog walker who regularly walks near the farm said she was shocked by what had happened.
She said: "It's so sad. The horses in the field were really jumpy last night, they could tell something was going on."
Many people in the area said they were without electricity all night and some said their water supply had been cut off.
The land around the farm is owned by the Nostell Priory Estate.