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SouthYorkshire: Toddler Dies After House Fire
A toddler has died following a house fire in South Yorkshire, police have said.
A neighbour alerted the emergency services to the blaze in Don Street, Conisbrough, near Doncaster.
Two fire crews were on the scene within five minutes, and used breathing apparatus and thermal imaging cameras to search the property.
The two-year-old girl was rescued from a bedroom window by firefighters but died later in hospital.
Police say no-one else was injured in the blaze, which broke out shortly before 8pm on Thursday.
The cause of the fire continues to be investigated, although it appears to have started in bedding in the first-floor bedroom where the girl was found.
Steve Green of South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said it was too soon to rule out suspicious circumstances, and also revealed that no smoke alarms appeared to have been fitted in the property.
He also confirmed the police and local authority are investigating who was in the house when the fire started.
Mr Green said: "When the crews arrived there was just the one person in the house, which was the child on the first-floor."
Since first light specialist police and fire investigation teams have been working inside the terraced house, which is on a quiet residential street. Inside the open upstairs windows, fire damage can be seen.
Although the girl has not been named officially, flowers left at the scene were addressed to Libby. One note read: "Love you Libby", while another said: "Sleep tight Libby. Goodnight. God bless."
Neighbour Zoe Backhouse, whose daughter is the same age as the youngster and went to the same nursery, told Sky News: "It's awful to think the family has lost such a little angel.
"They really are a nice family. It's heart-breaking."
Sky's North of England Correspondent Becky Johnson also spoke to another neighbour who witnessed what happened.
Johnson said: "She was in floods of tears. She said it was just a dreadful scene.
"She saw the little girl, who neighbours have told me is called Libby, being brought from the house.
"She said that there was a young teenager, who she understood to be the babysitter, running up and down the street calling out for help.
"She said that when Libby was taken to hospital in the ambulance, it was some 20 minutes later that her mum turned up having been told what happened, and of course was distraught."