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VIDEO: Tragic Dearne tot’s relatives support Times’ drive for more smoke alarms

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The family of fire death tot Libby-Jayne Hornsby are supporting the South Yorkshire Times’ campaign to get thousands of smoke alarms fitted in privately-rented homes.

Relatives of the two-year-old blaze victim are putting their weight behind our ‘Do it for Libby’ drive for a new law that would force landlords to install smoke alarms in every privately-rented property.

Libby’s mum Kelly Hambrey was too upset to be interviewed.

But she said through a police family liaison officer that the family was in support of our campaign.

A police spokeswoman said: “The family of Libby-Jayne Hornsby would support your campaign.”

There is currently no law that requires landlords to fit alarms in private-rented homes similar to the one in which Libby-Jayne died in on Don Street, Conisbrough, last October.

At present they are only legally required to install smoke alarms at ‘houses in multiple occupation’ such as student housing and bed and breakfast hotels.

The rented property where Libby died did not have a working smoke alarm fitted. The fire was started by another child playing with a lighter.

Our campaign is calling on the Government to introduce a new law that requires landlords to fit smoke alarms in every privately-rented property.

Top fire chiefs, senior MPs and Doncaster coroner Nicola Mundy have already pledged their support for our call.

And now Barnsley East MP Michael Dugher also threw his weight behind it this week.

He has also pledged to post regular updates on his website.

He said: “Smoke alarms provide a vital early warning sign and can help save lives. This is an important campaign and raises vital awareness.”

Resident Beryl Elliott, 82, a neighbour of Libby-Jayne’s family, said: “What happened was an absolute tragedy. The family was devastated. I knew the little girl, she used to wave to me. This shows that everyone should have a smoke alarm. I hope some action is taken.”

The Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) has lent its support for bringing in new rules and is currently lobbying the Government in a bid to force through the law change.

 

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