Mum’s tribute to farm blaze toddler

Flowers at the scene of a fatal fire at Hessle farm, Wragby, near Wakefield....2nd October 2011....Picture By Simon Hulme..
Flowers at the scene of a fatal fire at Hessle farm, Wragby, near Wakefield....2nd October 2011....Picture By Simon Hulme..
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THE devastated mum of a two-year-old girl who died after a blaze ripped through a farm near Ackworth has paid tribute to her “darling angel”.

Stacey Marie Catch, 22, wrote a heartfelt message to her daughter Isobel June Dobson, of South Elmsall, who died after being trapped in a van that caught fire at a farm in Wragby last month.

The tribute on social networking site Facebook said: “Rest in peace my darling angel, mummy will always love you and I’ll never forget you. You will forever be in my heart.

“Words can’t describe how much I want to be able to hold you in my arms and hear your sweet voice and see your beautiful smile. I love you so, so much.”

Residents in Knottingley, where Isobel’s dad Andrew Dobson lives, have arranged a rugby league match to raise money for the tot’s family at Knottingley Rugby Union Football Club on Sunday.

The Old Rockware U18s team will take on a Knottigley select 13steam at Howard’s Field, Marsh Lane, from 1.30pm. The event will finish at 8pm.

A sponsored bike ride organised by residents in Hemsworth raised more than £600.

Firefighters were called to reports of a barn blaze at the Hessle Common Lane farm at around 5.30pm on Friday September 30.

Police initially reported a child was missing at the scene, where two barns were ablaze – but later confirmed a youngster’s body had been found.

The next day, officers revealed how Isobel’s mother and stepdad battled in vain to beat down flames to rescue Isobel and her one-year-old half sister, but could only reach the younger of the two. The man and baby were treated at Wakefield’s Pinderfields Hospital for burns but were discharge.

Police said the family had been at the farm tending to a horse before the fire broke out.

Isobel’s stepfather, whose name has not been released by police, was arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder and has since been released on police bail.

After the blaze, floral tributes, balloons and teddy bears were left at the scene.

One read: “Sleep tight my darling, you will be missed. Love Grandma Christine.”

The toddler’s inquest is expected to open at Wakefield Coroner’s Court this week.