Leeds & West Yorkshire

Wakefield farm fire: Child killed and two hurt

Fire at farm
Image caption The blaze ripped through barns at the farm on Friday evening

The body of a child has been found and two people injured in a fire at a farm in West Yorkshire.

Emergency services were called to Hessle Farm, at Wragby, Wakefield, at about 17:30 BST, where they found two barns and a car ablaze.

A 37-year-old man and a one-year-old girl were taken to Pinderfields Hospital for burn injuries.

A second child had not been accounted for and was declared missing, however police later confirmed finding a body.

A police spokesman said that due to the nature of the fire it would not be possible to recover the body until the morning.

He added that the injuries of the two people in hospital were "not life-threatening".

The fire service has described the fire as "significant" and sent 10 fire engines to the scene.

'Not suspicious'

A further 10 engines were later despatched to relieve the initial crews at the site, near Pontefract.

Electricity supplies to 115 homes in Ackworth and Featherstone were turned off by power engineers at the request of the fire service.

An eyewitness said three of four barns were on fire and flames were about 50m (150ft) high.

King Royd Lane in Hessle is closed in both directions between the A638 Doncaster Road junction and the B6428 Went Lane junction.

Inquiries are continuing into the fire but it is not being treated as suspicious, the police spokesman said.

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