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article imageMistaken identity fear as eight people are forced to flee fire

By Gemma Fox     Aug 16, 2009 in Crime
There are fears, that eight people, including three children and a small baby, who were forced to flee their home in the early hours of Sunday morning were the victims of mistaken identity.
After the fire broke out at approximately 0300 BST, neighbours rushed to help the eight trapped people providing a mattress and trampoline so the occupants of the house in Boswell Close, Doncaster could jump to safety. One woman, aged 49, sustained two broken ankles after jumping to safety to escape the fire.
Detectives conducting inquiries into the fire believe it was possibly started deliberately and are appealing for any witnesses or anyone who has any information to come forward.
Neighbours told BBC News they feared that the fire had been started deliberately and was a case of vigilante mistaken identity as last week a woman who lived in the same area had admitted child pornography offences. She has since left the area.
The woman, a 32 year old, had, according to reports in newspapers last week, pleaded guilty to thirteen different allegations of making indecent images of children.
Her case has been adjourned while reports are prepared.
The fire, which was dealt with quickly, caused no extensive damage to the house and fire-fighters said that the occupants of the house had been alerted to the fire when a smoke detector fitted by the fire service gone off.
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