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Girl, two, killed in caravan fire is laid to rest in tiny Peppa Pig-themed coffin

A two-year-old girl who died in a caravan fire was laid to rest today in a tiny Peppa Pig-themed coffin as her mother broke down while paying tribute to the ‘beautiful’ toddler. 

Hundreds of mourners gathered outside St Mary Magdalene Church in Newark today to remember Louisiana Brooke Dolan, who died in the incident at a park in Ingoldmells, Lincolnshire, on August 23.

In a touching tribute to the little girl, all the mourners attending the service were dressed in pink and floral tributes in the shape of Peppa Pig were laid alongside the toddler’s coffin.

The service started with Somewhere Over The Rainbow by Eva Cassidy, and also included Goosebumps by Travis Scott – one of her favourite songs. 

During a particularly moving moment in the service, Louisiana’s mother, Natasha Broadley, read a poem in memory of her daughter. 

Hundreds of mourners gathered outside St Mary Magdalene Church in Newark today to remember Louisiana Brooke Dolan, who died in the incident at a park in Ingoldmells, Lincolnshire, on August 23. The service included an emotional tribute from Louisiana’s mother, Natasha Broadley (pictured) 

The service started with Somewhere Over The Rainbow by Eva Cassidy, and also included Goosebumps by Travis Scott - one of her favourite songs. Above: The little girl's Peppa Pig-themed coffin being carried into the church

The service started with Somewhere Over The Rainbow by Eva Cassidy, and also included Goosebumps by Travis Scott – one of her favourite songs. Above: The little girl’s Peppa Pig-themed coffin being carried into the church

Large crowds lined the streets of Newark including many well-wishers who had no connection the family

Large crowds lined the streets of Newark including many well-wishers who had no connection the family

She also described her daughter as ‘the smallest of my babies, my beautiful tiny tot’ and told how her death meant that her life would never be the same again. 

Large crowds lined the streets of Newark including many well-wishers who had no connection the family, the Newark Advertiser reported. 

The toddler, from Newark in Nottinghamshire, had been staying at the Sealands Holiday Home Park with her mother and three other children, who survived and were discharged after treatment in hospital, her inquest heard on Friday. 

Coroner’s officer Jacqui Foxlow said: ‘Sadly we were unable to establish a visual identification of the deceased.

‘Samples were taken from a family member for DNA profiling.

‘These have been compared against samples taken at post-mortem and consequently identity was confirmed.’

The toddler, from Newark in Nottinghamshire, had been staying at the Sealands Holiday Home Park with her mother and three other children, who survived and were discharged after treatment in hospital, her inquest heard on Friday

The toddler, from Newark in Nottinghamshire, had been staying at the Sealands Holiday Home Park with her mother and three other children, who survived and were discharged after treatment in hospital, her inquest heard on Friday

The toddler, from Newark in Nottinghamshire, had been staying at the Sealands Holiday Home Park with her mother and three other children, who survived and were discharged after treatment in hospital, her inquest heard on Friday

The tragic toddler died in the horror blaze at Sealands Caravan Park in Ingoldmells, near Skegness on August 23 (Pictured: The burnt-out caravan following the fire)

The tragic toddler died in the horror blaze at Sealands Caravan Park in Ingoldmells, near Skegness on August 23 (Pictured: The burnt-out caravan following the fire)

The service started with Somewhere Over The Rainbow by Eva Cassidy, and also included Goosebumps by Travis Scott - one of her favourite song

The service started with Somewhere Over The Rainbow by Eva Cassidy, and also included Goosebumps by Travis Scott – one of her favourite song

The little girl's coffin was carried through the streets of Newark in a horse-drawn hearse past hundreds of mourners who lined the streets

The little girl’s coffin was carried through the streets of Newark in a horse-drawn hearse past hundreds of mourners who lined the streets

The pristine hearse carried Louisiana's coffin through the streets to St Mary Magdalene Church, where her funeral was held

The pristine hearse carried Louisiana’s coffin through the streets to St Mary Magdalene Church, where her funeral was held

Asked by assistant coroner for Lincolnshire, Paul Cooper, to provide a cause of death, Ms Foxlow said: ‘We have a provisional conclusion as ‘inhalation of the products of combustion’ which is pending toxicology and histology.’

The court heard the further tests could take up to two and a half months, although a final report is expected in the next few weeks.

Police inquiries are ongoing, the coroner was told, and reports have been requested from a GP, East Midlands Ambulance Service, and Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue.

The coroner adjourned the inquest to a date to be fixed.

In the fire two months ago, around 50 people had to be evacuated and were housed in emergency accommodation.   

One witness, Leigh Sleafer, whose caravan was a few down from the fire, said the deadly blaze had left her seven-year-old autistic son being sick and traumatised her other children.

She told MailOnline at the time: ‘I’m not really sure what happened as I was in the shower and had just settled my children down.

Large crowds lined the streets of Newark including many well-wishers who had no connection the family, the Newark Advertiser reported

Large crowds lined the streets of Newark including many well-wishers who had no connection the family, the Newark Advertiser reported

The toddler, from Newark in Nottinghamshire, had been staying at the Sealands Holiday Home Park with her mother and three other children, who survived and were discharged after treatment in hospital, her inquest heard on Friday

The toddler, from Newark in Nottinghamshire, had been staying at the Sealands Holiday Home Park with her mother and three other children, who survived and were discharged after treatment in hospital, her inquest heard on Friday

Pallbearers lifted the little girl's coffin from the horse-drawn hearse before carrying it into St Mary Magdalene Church

Pallbearers lifted the little girl’s coffin from the horse-drawn hearse before carrying it into St Mary Magdalene Church

One mourner carried a photograph of the little girl into the church. During the service, her mother described her as 'the smallest of my babies, my beautiful tiny tot' and told how her death meant that her life would never be the same again

One mourner carried a photograph of the little girl into the church. During the service, her mother described her as ‘the smallest of my babies, my beautiful tiny tot’ and told how her death meant that her life would never be the same again

Floral tributes to the little girl included a pram and a Peppa Pig creation, along with balloons and a teddy bear

Floral tributes to the little girl included a pram and a Peppa Pig creation, along with balloons and a teddy bear

One message displayed outside the church read 'Good night Wee-Wee'. Hundreds of people turned out to watch the cortege make its way to the church

One message displayed outside the church read ‘Good night Wee-Wee’. Hundreds of people turned out to watch the cortege make its way to the church

Peppa Pig floral tributes were carried from the back of the hearse after Louisiana's coffin was carried into the church

Peppa Pig floral tributes were carried from the back of the hearse after Louisiana’s coffin was carried into the church

‘My friend was outside, we saw what I thought was a heavy cloud of smoke and thought I heard kids shouting.’

She continued: ‘Next thing I knew was my friend came in saying there was a caravan on fire.

‘One of my children is autistic and was so distraught he was being sick so I had to get them all away from the fire and took them down the road to work out what we was going to do. We are now at home safe but very traumatised from it all.’

She added: ‘I’m heartbroken for the family and for all that saw this… so tragic. Sleep tight little angel.’

Ms Sleafer said she left the caravan site in the middle of the night with her children and drove them three hours home to Bedfordshire to ‘feel safe with their dad’.

Another witness said: ‘It was heartbreaking to see, someone ran to me asking me for my fire extinguisher because there were two little ones in the van.

‘I tried to tell her my little extinguisher wouldn’t help.’ Another woman said on Facebook: ‘My sister was in the van next door but was out at the time.

‘She was just walking back to the van when it happened but by sounds it was very very bad. It exploded. That poor women and her five kids.’

And another added: ‘So sad, we’re staying on this site and didn’t know anything about it until just now when we tried to walk out of the site and it was all blocked off.’ 


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