Toddler killed in caravan fire tragedy

PUBLISHED: 10:05 25 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:34 03 March 2010

A TODDLER was killed today as fire ripped through the caravan he was sharing with eight other children – and another child is still missing.

A TODDLER was killed today as fire ripped through the caravan he was sharing with eight other children.

The three-year-old boy was part of a group of 11 people who were forced to flee their home at around 1.15am when the blaze struck.

The caravan, used by two women and nine children, was parked just off the A1123 road between Needingworth and Bluntisham, east of Huntingdon, in Cambridgeshire.

Police have today said they are keeping "an open mind" into the blaze, which completely destroyed the caravan.

Forensic experts and fire investigators have been at the scene throughout the night, continuing today, looking for evidence as to how the blaze began.

A Cambridgeshire Fire Service spokesman said that by the time crews from Huntingdon and St Ives arrived there was nothing left of the caravan.

He added that the fire was so severe that heat damaged two cars and two caravans parked nearby.

The East Anglian Ambulance Service sent three vehicles to the scene, and a doctor from the Mid Anglia General Practitioners Accident Service (similar to the Suffolk Accident Rescue Service).

In total they took two women, aged 52 and 24, and eight children to Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Huntingdon, all suffering from smoke inhalation. One woman also suffered minor burns. Cambridgeshire Police confirmed today that they had all been released.

However, emergency crews were helpless to save the little boy, who died at the scene. At first it was thought he may have run away scared from the scene.

No details have yet been released by Cambridgeshire Police as to the deceased toddler. It is thought the group were part of a band of travellers.

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