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Family still desperate for answers 20 years on from beloved teen daughter’s death in deliberate fire in Barnsley


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A Barnsley family are still desperate for answers 20 years on from a deliberate fire that killed their 17-year-old daughter.

Lindsey Scholes died after a fire was started on purpose at the door of a house in Milgate Street, Royston, where Lindsey was staying at 4.30am on September 8 2001.

Firefighters raced to the property and did everything that they could to rescue her from the flames.

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Lindsey was carried from the first floor of the house but tragically died two days later due to smoke inhalation.

Today now marks the 20th anniversary of the blaze that led to her tragic death.

Despite an investigation being launched and South Yorkshire Police working with the fire service to investigate no suspect has ever been identified or prosecuted.

Six-year-old Lindsey
Six-year-old Lindsey

South Yorkshire Police have now issues a new appeal for those who know what happened to come forward.

Dave Stopford, head of the Major Incident Review Team said: “Two decades have passed since Lindsey’s death, but the pain of her loss is still felt by many who loved and miss her.

“There may be someone out there who knows a crucial detail about the events leading up to the fire. I would urge anyone with information, even if it may have seemed insignificant at the time, to come forward.”

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If you have any information about this incident, that has not already been passed to South Yorkshire Police, contact the Major Incident Review Team, on 0114 296 1399, quoting reference: 14SY020106B01.

Alternatively, if you would like to remain completely anonymous, or do not feel comfortable speaking to police, you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers.

Their telephone number is 0800 555111 or you can submit information via their website

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