Child Burnt to Death at Denaby

January 1876

Sheffield Independent, January 29, 1876.

A Child Burnt to Death at Denaby Main

On Tuesday morning, a girl, seven years of age, named Mary Ann Freeman, daughter of George Freeman, a man working at Denaby colliery, was so severely burnt that she died on Thursday.

Freeman got up at half past six o’clock, and after lighting the fire in the kitchen went to work.

The girl got her mother’s shawl to put before the fire to make it “draw.”

The shawl caught fire, and the child’s night dress was also ignited, and she was burnt on the face and body.

Two men were passing at the time heard her screams, and went into the house, and through water upon her.