Stepfather arrested after fatal fire

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DETECTIVES are quizzing the stepfather of a two-year-old girl who was killed in a fire.

Isobel Dobson died after being trapped in a van when the blaze broke out at Hessle Farm, Wragby, at 5.30pm.

Her mother, 22, and stepfather, 37, managed to rescue their one-year-old daughter but could not reach Isobel in time.

He was still being questioned by police this morning.

Yesterday, a police spokesman said: “Isobel and her one-year-old half-sister 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.”

Ten fire engines were sent to tackle the blaze which had engulfed two barns and the van when they arrived.

Yesterday, 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.”

“The firefighters worked very hard and were very moved dealing with this scene, as we always are dealing with tragedies like this.”

The man and his baby were taken to Pinderfields Hospital for treatment following the fire.

A police spokesman said: “Inquiries into the cause of the fire, which is now being treated as suspicious, are ongoing and a joint investigation is being carried out by West Yorkshire Police and West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.”

Anyone with information should contact the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team on 0845 6060606 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.