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Second body found in fire - police statement

Firefighters tackle the blaze in the early hours of Saturday. Credit: Eddie Howland

A second body has been found at the scene of a fire at West Sussex.

Emergency services had been called to the fire, at The Lodge, Great Finches Farm, Snow Hill, Copthorne, near the Dukes Head roundabout, at 12.45am on Saturday.

The building had been severely damaged by fire and the body of an elderly woman, believed to be an 83-year old occupant, was found inside.

Police scenes of crime officers and detectives, and fire service investigators, have been examining the scene since Saturday morning.

Fire damage made the structure very unsafe and great care has had to be taken to ensure a safe and thorough search can be carried out.

On Sunday afternoon a second body, believed to be that of the 52-year old man who was the only other occupant, was found in another part of the building.

Enquiries are continuing to establish the full circumstances and at this stage the deaths are being treated as unexplained.

We are in the process of tracing next of kin, and postmortems will be held on dates yet to be arranged during the coming week.

Second body found in fire

Firefighters at the scene of the blaze in the early hours of Friday morning. Credit: Eddie Howland

As investigations continue into a housefire in Sussex, police have confirmed that a second body has been found.

An elderly woman was discovered in the house in Copthorne on Saturday. Firefighters say they found the second body, believed to be a 52 year old male, yesterday.

Both deaths are being treated as unexplained.

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Investigation underway into fatal fire at Copthorne

An investigation is underway after a fire at a property at Copthorne near Crawley Down.

The Emergency services were called to the address at Snow Hill, along the A264 just after half past midnight. The roof had collapsed, and the building had been severely damaged by fire.

Around thirty firefighters from West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service tackled the flames at the height of the blaze.

Sussex Police said the body of an elderly woman believed to be an occupant was found inside the building, and that at this time her death was being treated as 'unexplained'.

Firefighters will return to the property to make sure there are no hot spots.

First images from Copthorne fatal fire

The fire at the house in Copthorne took hold overnight Credit: Eddie Howland

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.

More than 30 firefighters tackled the blaze at its height Credit: Eddie Howland

Fire claims life of elderly woman

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 evacuated

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.

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Rescued from a burning building

At least six people had to be rescued from a block of flats in Crawley after a fire in a stairwell trapped them inside the building.

Fire investigation officers from West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service are looking into the cause of the blaze.

Six fire crews went to the flats in Broadfield Place in Crawley after they received two calls from residents in the building just after 7am today, 27th November 2012.

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