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Tuesday, 27 November 2007, 15:59 GMT
Three arrested over 'arson' death

Three people have been arrested after a woman was killed in a suspected arson attack at a bedsit in Doncaster.

Firemen rescued 27-year-old Sharon Long from her burning home in Childers Street, Hyde Park, early on Monday - but she died later in hospital.

Two men and a woman arrested in connection with the incident remain in custody, South Yorkshire Police said.

The cause of the blaze was being investigated on Monday and police said they were treating it as suspicious.

A post mortem examination on Ms Long's body revealed she had died from burns and smoke inhalation.

A South Yorkshire Fire Service spokeswoman said four firemen wearing breathing apparatus had battled through the blazing house to save the woman who was found in a first-floor bedroom.

Nobody else had to be rescued from the property, which was split into four bedsits, she added.