Name: Damian Clough
Died: April 4, 2009
Age at death: 12
Cause of death: Smoke inhalation; arson
Location: Keighley, West Yorkshire, UK
Damian's bedroom was entirely bare because he tended to shred mattresses and wallpaper, so he was made to sleep with only a blanket in a room with no furniture or carpets. The door was missing the internal handle and could not be opened from the inside.
Two years previously, the family had received a £9,000 grant to turn their home into an "accident-free zone" for Damian, and had applied for another to convert their bathroom into a wet room.
Damian's mother left him in this room while she went to her job as a part-time barmaid, expecting Damian's sister to come home soon. While Damian's mother was gone, several friends of his sister's entered the house, drinking and smoking, and that night, someone deliberately set fire to the house.
Damian died of smoke inhalation before firefighters could get to him. The family dog was discovered dead on the floor outside his bedroom door.
The fire was the result of arson, but because it could not be proven that the teenagers in the house that night had set the fire, they were cleared of all charges.
Damian's family is saddened by the lack of a conviction. Damian's father commented, “Whoever did it has taken a beautiful human being from this planet. Damian was full of happiness and joy and he was taken away from us in such a malicious and callous way.”
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