News: Boy, 13, dies in Doncaster shed fire

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Flowers lay outside the property on Byron Avenue (Photos: Jack Gevertz)

A 13-year-old boy has died following a fire in a house shed.

Two fire engines were called to the incident on Byron Avenue in Campsall, north-west Doncaster, on Thursday evening.

Neighbours and politicians have spoke of their shock and sadness.

Robert Dibble, who lives nearby, told JUS News he had heard a bang.

“When I was told that it was a fire, that was it. I don’t want to stand at the door and watch it,” he said.

“It upset me because I didn’t realise that a kid was in it.”

Local MP and former Labour leader Ed Miliband paid his respects on social media. Writing on Twitter, he said: “Very saddened by the news from Campsall about the death of a young boy. All my thoughts with his family.”

Outside the property lay flowers with tributes. One reads: “We are all thinking of you. There are no words that can be spoken. Just know that we share your sorrow.”

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue attended the blaze at 8.30pm, and found neighbours attempting to extinguish the fire themselves.

Its spokesman, ground manager Simon Dunker, told JUS News: “When officers arrived, they discovered that a shed was alight. Neighbours were making attempts to contain and extinguish the fire, and crews [then] extinguished the fire.

“In the process of extinguishing the fire, that’s when they discovered there had been a fatality.”

Investigation

Formal identification of the body has yet to be carried out, but South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue believe it to be a 13-year-old boy.

An investigation between them and South Yorkshire Police is underway to establish the circumstances surrounding the fire.

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Dogs were deployed to investigate

“At this stage it is too early to say [what the cause of the fire is], and we’re working closely with the police to discover what has caused this incident,” Mr Dunker said.

“The investigation will now progress with the crime scene investigators from South Yorkshire Police.”

The investigation is expected to last several days.