Monday 29 May 2017

Young teen (13) burnt to death in shed was believed to be tinkering with petrol engine

A private ambulance at the scene in Byron Avenue in Campsall, South Yorkshire, where the body believed to be that of a 13-year-old boy has been found following a fire in a shed Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire
A private ambulance at the scene in Byron Avenue in Campsall, South Yorkshire, where the body believed to be that of a 13-year-old boy has been found following a fire in a shed Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire
A private ambulance at the scene in Byron Avenue in Campsall, South Yorkshire, where the body believed to be that of a 13-year-old boy has been found following a fire in a shed Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire
People leave flowers at the scene in Byron Avenue in Campsall, South Yorkshire, where the body believed to be that of a 13-year-old boy has been found following a fire in a shed Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire
People leave flowers at the scene in Byron Avenue in Campsall, South Yorkshire, where the body believed to be that of a 13-year-old boy has been found following a fire in a shed Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Alexander Britton

A 13-year-old boy burnt to death in a shed after getting locked in while apparently tinkering around with a petrol engine.

The body of the schoolboy, named locally as Jack Sheldon, was discovered by crews after a blaze at Campsall, South Yorkshire, on Thursday evening.

His great-grandmother Irene Bennett said: "All I know is that he burnt to death in a shed."

Neighbours left flowers outside the property in Byron Avenue as investigators analysed the scene for clues as to how the fire broke out.

Flowers tributes at the scene in Byron Avenue in Campsall, South Yorkshire, where the body believed to be that of a 13-year-old boy has been found following a fire in a shed Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire
Flowers tributes at the scene in Byron Avenue in Campsall, South Yorkshire, where the body believed to be that of a 13-year-old boy has been found following a fire in a shed Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire
Flowers tributes at the scene in Byron Avenue in Campsall, South Yorkshire, where the body believed to be that of a 13-year-old boy has been found following a fire in a shed Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire
Flowers tributes at the scene in Byron Avenue in Campsall, South Yorkshire, where the body believed to be that of a 13-year-old boy has been found following a fire in a shed Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire
Flowers tributes at the scene in Byron Avenue in Campsall, South Yorkshire, where the body believed to be that of a 13-year-old boy has been found following a fire in a shed Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Among the tributes was one saying: "We all loved Jack, he was a great lad. We're going to miss him."

Another read: "RIP Jack, gone but not forgotten. Can't believe it was only yesterday that I saw you.

"It seems so unreal. You were taken far too soon but God only takes the best."

Others read: "We are all thinking of you, there are no words that can be spoken" and "Thinking of you at this sad time, you will be missed".

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said neighbours were attempting to tackle the blaze as emergency calls were made at around 8.30pm.

Police said after the flames were extinguished a body was found, which they believed to be that of a teenage boy, at the property in the village seven miles (11km) from Doncaster.

Formal identification of the body has yet to take place.

Simon Dunker, from South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue service, said the investigation was in its early days but would "cover every avenue".

He said: "On arrival we found a shed well alight and proceeded to extinguish the fire. At that time is when we discovered there had been a fatality within the shed.

"(The investigation) is a slow process.

"South Yorkshire Police are working extremely closely with the family. We would like to express our condolences to the family at this tragic event."

Former Labour leader and current MP for Doncaster North Ed Miliband tweeted: "Very saddened by the news from Campsall about the death of a young boy. All my thoughts with his family."

Doncaster Mayor Ros Jones said: "I am deeply saddened to hear of the death of a young boy in Campsall last night. My thoughts and prayers are with his family."

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