PICTURED: Woman, 18, who was killed after blaze ripped through her home which left two others hospitalised in a critical condition
- Police officers believe it to be 18-year-old Leah Casson who died in the blaze
- The fire broke out on Vicarage Street, in North Shields about 3.30am on Monday
- Three family members were injured and two are in a critical condition in hospital
- Northumbria police officers are treating it as suspected arson
A teenager has died after a horrific fire tore through her home in North Sheilds and left two of her family members hospitalised in a critical condition.
The 18-year-old’s body was found inside the house in North Tyneside after a blaze broke out around 3.30am on Monday.
While formal identification is yet to take place, officers believe it to be Leah Casson.
Three members of her family were injured and two remain in hospital in a critical condition following the incident on Vicarage Street, in North Shields.
While formal identification is yet to take place, officers believe it to be 18-year-old Leah Casson pictured above who died in the house fire on Vicarage Street, in North Shields
Three members of her family were injured and two remain in hospital in a critical condition following the incident
Her family have been notified and is being supported by specialist officers at this time.
An investigation into the cause of the fire remains ongoing, and at this time officers are treating it as suspected arson.
Several residents were evacuated due to structural safety concerns and given alternative accommodations.
A family friend set up a fundraiser through GoFundMe to help fund the ‘young talented’ girl’s funeral.
More than £1,670 has been raised so far with the hope to reach their target of £5,000.
A number of residents were evacuated due to structural safety concerns and given alternative accommodations
A cordon is in place and additional officers are carrying out door-to-door enquiries and offering reassurance to residents
Leah’s friend Emily Harris wrote on Facebook: ‘Yesterday Heaven gained another angel. Leah Casson I was honoured to call you my best friend and little sister and to have you in my life.
‘You will always have that special place in my heart. I’m gonna miss our drunken nights and the rants we used to have about people we hated. And I’ll always remember when you dropped my phone in a pedicure bowl that time.
‘I love you to the moon and back gorgeous ill cherish all the memories we have together and tell everyone how amazing you were.
‘Fly High. Forever 18 My thoughts go out to Danielle Johnson and Louis in this sad time. Love yous loads and am always here for yous xx’
Another friend Jade Buglass wrote: ‘Another angel taken far to soon,rest in peace Leah Casson your gonna be a huge miss for everyone ur crazy moments in college just goofing around I’ll always cherish, forever 18.’
A cordon is in place and additional officers are carrying out door-to-door enquiries and offering reassurance to residents.
An investigation into the cause of the fire remains ongoing, and at this time officers are treating it as suspected arson
Detective Inspector Louise Jenkins, the Senior Investigating Officer on the case said: ‘This is an absolutely tragic incident which has resulted in the death of a woman, left three other people seriously injured and a number of neighbours have been affected.
‘We are determined to establish exactly what happened in those moments leading up to the fire, and have been working around the clock with the support of our partners from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, since we first received their call for assistance.
‘While enquiries are at an early stage, we are not ruling anything out and are currently treating the incident as suspected arson.
‘We have specialist investigators on the case who will be carrying out detailed forensic enquiries, as well as reviewing CCTV and working with residents to establish if anyone might have seen what happened in the moments prior to the fire.
‘We are also asking for anyone else who might have information to come forward and share what they know – any detail, no matter small might be just what we are looking for.’
Police are also appealing for anyone who might have information about the fire, asking they get in touch via the ‘Tell us Something’ page on our website, or by calling 101 quoting log NP-20230116-0067.
Detective Inspector Louise Jenkins, the Senior Investigating Officer on the case said: ‘This is an absolutely tragic incident which has resulted in the death of a woman, left three other people seriously injured and a number of neighbours have been affected
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) Area Manager, Phil Clark, said: ‘We can confirm that five crews from across Tyne and Wear and our Aerial Ladder Platform (ALP) were on the scene to extinguish this fire in a matter of minutes.
‘Three people had already self-rescued from the property upon our arrival and our crews immediately began to try and get the fire under control to prevent it from spreading to nearby properties.
‘Our crews recovered a fourth person from the building once the fire was extinguished but sadly she was pronounced dead at the scene.
‘We are supporting our colleagues at Northumbria Police with their investigation and the thoughts of everyone at Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service are with the friends and family of those involved, and the wider community in North Shields.
‘Our crews will remain in the area in the coming days and we want to thank those firefighters who responded for their professionalism.
‘We would echo the appeal from Northumbria Police for anyone with information about the circumstances around this incident to get in touch.’
You can donate towards the fundraiser for Leah Casson’s family here.
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