19.10.16 Murder enquiry launched following fatal Wakefield house fire

16-11-2016

West Yorkshire Police have launched a murder enquiry after two people lost their lives in a fatal house fire in Wakefield on the morning of 19th October 2016.

A man died while trying in vain to rescue his daughter when their house was deliberately set alight in Wakefield, police have said.

Andrew Broadhead, 42, and eight-year-old Kiera died in the blaze at their home in Ash Crescent, Stanley, on Wednesday.

Detectives said Mr Broadhead got out of the property but went back to "save Kiera who was trapped inside" the fire.

A woman aged 35 and a 13-year-old girl who were also in the house were treated in hospital, they have since been discharged and are being cared for by relatives.

Police think the arsonist may have been injured because the fire took hold so quickly.  They appealed to people who had seen anyone with suspicious burns to contact the force.

Detective Chief Inspector Nicola Bryar, of West Yorkshire Police, stated: "The seat of the fire appears to have been by the front door and we are investigating the possibility that an accelerant was poured through the letter box.

"We know that this fire took hold extremely quickly and it is possible that the person who set this fire was themselves burned in doing so.

Story collated by Liz Turnbull.

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