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Gran’s poignant tribute to toddler dead in holiday caravan fire

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Louisiana-Brook, two, died after the blaze broke out in a static unit at Sealands Caravan Park in Ingoldmells, near Skegness, on Monday night. Her family were on holiday celebrating mum Natasha Broadley’s 34th birthday when tragedy struck. 

Our hearts are broken as wee wee was our baby of our family

Donna Broadley, Louisiana-Brook’s grandmother

Now, Louisiana-Brook’s gran Donna Broadley has called the youngster her “gorgeous” granddaughter.

She wrote online : “Thanku so much for all your comments. Tash and children are here.

“Our hearts are broken as wee wee was our baby of our family.

“These pictures was her last day having fun . Tash gave her everything – she was her right leg.

“Our hearts are broken. We as a family will be here for Tash and my grandchildren xx.”

As Coventry Live reports, Louisiana-Brook’s mum and three older siblings managed to escape the static unit but the youngster became trapped.

Holidaymakers desperately helped the family try to save the toddler but she died at the scene, Lincolnshire Police said.

Officers are treating the death as unexplained.

A GoFundMe page set up for “Natasha and her babies” says: “As yesterday’s tragic news has broken all our hearts .. only God knows what pain Natasha and her children are going through right now.

“Their life has been torn apart in a million ways.

“Their baby sister so tragically taken from them all .. if only we can give Tasha some peace at this time by helping her in any way u can would be so appreciated . Please donate anything u can.”

Laurie Selfridge, who started the fundraiser, said: “Louisiana-Brook was the most beautiful amazing little girl. She was a sweet angel.

“Natasha adored all her children but she was like Natasha’s shadow.

“Their worlds have been torn apart in pure tragedy.

The family, from Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, have received support from their local community.

Councillor Keith Girling, deputy leader of Newark and Sherwood District Council, told Nottinghamshire Live: “It’s devastating, isn’t it, and a very tragic incident.

“I don’t know the details of what has happened apart from a young child has died as a consequence of a caravan fire – and it must be absolutely incredibly devastating for the family and everybody who [knew her].

“It’s difficult to know what to say, to be fair, apart from sending my love – love and thoughts.”

Councillor Paul Peacock, leader of the Labour Group on Newark and Sherwood District Council, said it was devastating to lose a child so young, adding: “Particularly when they were away for an enjoyable holiday.

“It’s a total tragedy.”

Mansfield’s Conservative MP Ben Bradley, the leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “I would like to pass my condolences to Louisiana-Brooke’s family and friends. It is such an awful and tragic incident and my thoughts are with them at this incredibly sad time.”

Councillor Andrew Tristram, who represents Berry Hill on Mansfield District Council for the Mansfield Independents, was saddened to hear the news.

“Our thoughts are with the families at this really sad time,” he said.

Detective Inspector Jo Fortune, Senior Investigating Officer, described it as “a devastating incident for all involved”.

A statement by the force added: “This is particularly harrowing, with a family losing a child, and we’d ask that people remember those victims and not share footage online.”

Investigations are continuing into the cause of the fire.

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