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Elderly woman dies after fatal fire at farm

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An investigation has been launched after an 89-year-old woman died in a fire at a farm in East Sussex. Emergency services were called at 6.15am on Saturday to Mill Farm at Barcombe Mills near Lewes. Firefighters forced their way into the building and rescued an 89-year-old woman but she died later.

The cause of the fire is not yet known. Police know who the victim is but she has not yet been formally identified. Detective Inspector Mark O'Brien from Sussex Police said: 'This is a tragic incident and the victim's family are being supported by police and the coroner's officer.

'At this stage we are treating the cause of the fire as unexplained and we remain open minded as to how it may have started. We expect to be at the property for the next couple of days while we assess the scene and establish any causes.'

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