Conisbrough house fire may have been started accidentally

Floral tributes left for Libby-Jayne Hornsby, who died in a house fire. Picture: Andrew Roe
Floral tributes left for Libby-Jayne Hornsby, who died in a house fire. Picture: Andrew Roe

South Yorkshire Police and South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue continue to work together to investigate the fatal house fire in Conisbrough, Doncaster on Thursday, October 17.

Early indications show the fire, which took hold of the bedding in the main bedroom, may have been started accidentally.

At the time of the fire two-year-old, Libby-Jayne and her six-year-old brother were in the care of a 15-year-old male babysitter and a ten-year-old boy was also at the property on Don Street.

A coroner’s inquest is due to be opened next week and it is anticipated that this inquiry may last several months.

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service is contacting hundreds of householders throughout Conisbrough and surrounding areas after the tragic incident to talk to residents about preventing fires, fitting free smoke alarms where necessary.

Advice being given to residents includes:

Smoke alarms- have them fitted on every level of your home and test them weekly

Escape plans- make sure everyone in the house knows how to get out quickly if a fire starts

Calling 999- if you do discover a fire in your home, get out, stay out and call 999

Station Manager Steve Wood, said: “We know the local community will be deeply affected by this tragedy, which is why our staff will have a heightened presence in the area in the coming days and weeks. We’re asking residents to look out for members of our community safety teams and to listen carefully to the advice they offer. If nothing else, please, please get smoke alarms fitted and test them regularly to make sure they’re working properly.”

For more fire safety advice visit or call the fire service community safety hotline on 0114 253 2314.