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Vigilante fear as eight flee fire

Scene of the fire
Detectives believe the fire may have been started deliberately

Eight people taken to hospital when their house was involved in a mysterious fire may have been the victims of a mistaken vigilante attack.

Neighbours took a mattress and a trampoline to the house in Boswell Close, Doncaster, and the occupants jumped from an upstairs window.

A woman, 49, sustained broken ankles jumping to escape the fire on Sunday.

Last week a woman in the same close in Rossington admitted child pornography offences and has since left the area.

Detectives, who are conducting extensive inquiries, said they believed the fire may have been started deliberately.

They are appealing for witnesses or anyone who may have information to contact them.

Indecent images

Neighbours - who refused to give their names - told BBC News they feared the fire, at about 0300 BST on Sunday, was deliberate and a case of mistaken identity.

Newspapers reported last week that a woman had pleaded guilty at Doncaster Crown Court to child pornography charges.

The woman, aged 32, had been due to stand trial on 13 separate allegations of making indecent images of children.

Her case was adjourned for reports to be prepared.

The eight people who escaped were four adults, three children and a small baby, the fire service said.

Damage was not extensive and the fire was quickly dealt with by firefighters, who said the occupants were alerted by a smoke alarm the fire service had installed in the property.

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