A house fire in the Copthorne area of Crawley which killed two people is believed to have been started by cigarettes.
The fire early on Saturday Morning claimed the lives of an 83 year old woman and her 52 year old son.
Deputy Safer Communities Manager for West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service, Adrian Carter, said: "This is a tragic accident that has sadly taken the lives of two people from the same family but it highlights the real dangers that can be caused as a result of cigarettes and smoking.
"Smoking related fires are still the biggest killers in accidental fires in the home resulting in a third of all fire related deaths."
Firefighters remain at the scene of a blaze which destroyed the roof of a house in Copthorne near Crawley Down in Sussex. The body of an elderly woman was found at the property. Investigations continue.
An elderly woman has died in a fire at a property at Copthorne in West Sussex. Firefighters were called to Snow Hill along the A264 just after half past midnight. The road has been closed for much of the day.
More than thirty firefighters tackled the flames. The fire was out by 11.30am, but officers are still at the scene investigating the cause.
Eight people, including two children, were rescued by fire crews after a fire at a block of flats in Crawley. West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service was called to the flats on Broadfield Place just after 7.00am after a fire broke out in the communal stairwell of the three-storey block.
Two separate 999 calls were made by people trapped in their flats by the thick smoke filling the stairwell. Fire crews from Crawley were at the flats within minutes, followed by additional crews from Horley and Horsham.
The first firefighters on scene used triple extension ladders to rescue five people from the first floor windows, while a further three people were led to safety through the central stairwell. One man in his 20s was treated for mild smoke inhalation but did not go to hospital.