Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 31 July 2014

Man released in girl blaze probe

Isobel Dobson, aged two, died after she was trapped in a burning van in Wragby

A man arrested in connection with a fire which claimed the life of his two-year-old stepdaughter has been released on bail.

The 37-year-old was arrested on suspicion of the murder of Isobel Dobson after she died in the blaze at Hessle Farm, Wragby, near Wakefield in West Yorkshire, on Friday.

He was also questioned by detectives on suspicion of attempted murder.

West Yorkshire Police said the man had now been released on police bail.

Emergency services were called to the farm 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.

The 37-year-old man and the girls' 22-year-old mother rescued the baby from the vehicle but were beaten back by flames as they tried to save Isobel.

The two-year-old's body was found on Friday night.

The man and his one-year-old daughter received treatment for burns at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield.

A joint investigation into the cause of the fire was launched by West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and West Yorkshire Police, who said they were treating the blaze as suspicious.

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