Isobel Dobson: Police Quiz Man In Connection With Fatal Farm Fire

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First Posted: 02/10/11 15:56 Updated: 02/12/11 10:12   PA

PRESS ASSOCIATION -- A 37-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a fire at a farm which claimed the life of a two-year-old girl, police have said.

The man is being questioned in connection with the blaze at Hessle Farm, Wragby, near Wakefield in West Yorkshire, in which Isobel Dobson died on Friday evening.

West Yorkshire Police said the fire is now being treated as suspicious and inquiries are ongoing to determine the cause.

Emergency services were called to the blaze at about 5.30pm on Friday and found a van and two barns ablaze on their arrival.

Isobel and her one-year-old half-sister were in the van when the fire broke out.

Isobel's 37-year-old stepfather and 22-year-old mother rescued the baby from the vehicle but were beaten back by flames and injured as they tried unsuccessfully to free the little girl.

Her body was found on Friday night and police confirmed she had died.

Police said the man and the baby received treatment for burns at Pinderfields hospital in Wakefield and were later discharged.

The family were at the farm tending to a horse before the fire broke out.

Police are appealing for any witnesses, or anyone with information that they feel could assist the investigation, to contact the Homicide and Major Inquiry Team via 0845 6060606 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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