Daughter’s questions over blaze

Undated family handout photo of Edith Stuart, 96, who died in hospital following a blaze at Cleveleys Park Rest Home in Cleveleys, Lancashire, on October 18 last year.  PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday February 03 2011. The daughters of a 96-year-old woman who died in a fire at a care home today appealed for information over her "horrific" murder. A 27-year-old woman and a 17-year-old girl were questioned on suspicion of murder at the time but were released without charge days later. Police had said that an examination of the scene in Stockdove Way had revealed the fire which spread to Mrs Stuart's bed was deliberately ignited. See PA story POLICE Fire. Photo credit should read: Handout/PA Wire ''NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated family handout photo of Edith Stuart, 96, who died in hospital following a blaze at Cleveleys Park Rest Home in Cleveleys, Lancashire, on October 18 last year. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday February 03 2011. The daughters of a 96-year-old woman who died in a fire at a care home today appealed for information over her "horrific" murder. A 27-year-old woman and a 17-year-old girl were questioned on suspicion of murder at the time but were released without charge days later. Police had said that an examination of the scene in Stockdove Way had revealed the fire which spread to Mrs Stuart's bed was deliberately ignited. See PA story POLICE Fire. Photo credit should read: Handout/PA Wire ''NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
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TWO years since a great-grandmother died after her bed was set alight, her daughter says she is still haunted by why the tragedy happened.

Edith Stuart died after someone held a flame to her bedding as she lay in her bed in Cleveleys Park Care Home.

Despite an inquest recording a verdict of unlawful killing earlier this year, the 96-year-old’s killer has never been brought to justice.

Shirley Fish, one of Mrs Stuart’s daughters, 76, from Poulton, today said: “We just want to know why. You can’t reconcile how someone could do something like that.

“It’s difficult to accept. I can’t understand anyone having that mentality.

“The person who has done it has gone back to a normal life.

“I haven’t moved on, she is with me all the time.”

Mrs Stuart had been living at the care home on Stockdove Way for four years when the blaze started in her bedroom on October 18, 2010. She died 30 hours later in hospital after suffering from smoke inhalation and burns.

Detectives launched a murder probe and two employees, who no longer work at the care home, were initially held on suspicion of murder.

Det Insp Martin Clague, from Lancashire Police’s major investigation team, said the case had not been closed.

He said: “It is not an on-going investigation but we never close things off completely.

“The bottom line is we will respond to any information that comes in.”