A 13-year-old boy burnt to death in a garden shed in Doncaster after getting locked in while apparently tinkering with a petrol engine.
The teenager, named locally as Jack Sheldon, was found after a blaze broke out in a shed in Byron Avenue, Campsall, at 9pm yesterday.
Firefighters made the grim discovery after extinguishing the blaze.
Jack’s great-grandmother, Irene Bennett, said: “All I know is that he burnt to death in a shed.”
Neighbours left flowers outside the property in Byron Avenue as investigators analysed the scene for clues as to how the fire broke out.
Among the tributes was one saying: “We all loved Jack, he was a great lad. We’re going to miss him.”
Another read: “RIP Jack, gone but not forgotten. Can’t believe it was only yesterday that I saw you.
“It seems so unreal. You were taken far too soon but God only takes the best.”
Others read: “We are all thinking of you, there are no words that can be spoken” and “Thinking of you at this sad time, you will be missed”.
An investigation into the incident is now under way.
It is believed Jack lived at the end-of-terrace house with his mother, Carlie Swatten, 32, and younger brother Lewis.
At the property his morning, tarpolin covered the shed in the back garden. Next to the shed is a trampoline.
In the garden, which looks out onto the main road, a black tarpaulin sheet hung around an area where fire investigators were working.
Formal identification of the body has yet to take place.
Simon Dunker, from South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue service, said the investigation was in its early days but would “cover every avenue”.
He said: “On arrival we found a shed well alight and proceeded to extinguish the fire. At that time is when we discovered there had been a fatality within the shed.
“(The investigation) is a slow process.
“South Yorkshire Police are working extremely closely with the family. We would like to express our condolences to the family at this tragic event.”
Former Labour leader and current MP for Doncaster North Ed Miliband tweeted: “Very saddened by the news from Campsall about the death of a young boy. All my thoughts with his family.”
Doncaster Mayor Ros Jones said: “I am deeply saddened to hear of the death of a young boy in Campsall last night. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
On social media, Jack’s friends paid tribute.
One wrote: “Rip jack son you meant the world to me and many others, things just aren’t going to be the same without you. You were taken way too soon and you will always be missed I love you son rip”
A female friend wrote: “Rest in paradise jack,known you soooo long and thats the worst news ever,one of my best friends ever- gone but never forgotten, taken too young. love you always xxxxx”
Another friend posted: “Will be missed dearly.”