Police step up search for killer

A fatal fire in West Sussex on Thursday is being treated as a murder investigation. A 59-year-old man died in the blaze in Old Glebe, Fernhurst.

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Breaking News: Fatal fire treated as murder

A fatal fire - in which a man in his 50s died yesterday - is now being treated as murder by Sussex Police. The victim is believed to be 59-year-old Michael Griffiths who lived at Old Glebe in Fernhurst. Officers from the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team have now launched a murder investigation.

Detective Chief Inspector Jeff Riley said: "When police and fire investigators were able to enter the property, it was established that Mr Griffiths's body had been lying by the front door, blocking entry and forcing firefighters to remove the door to get in.

"On Thursday evening we were advised by our fire service colleagues that there was a suspicious seat of fire near a window in the lounge at the rear of the property. Additionally, a couple of windows appeared to have been opened before the fire took hold." A post mortem will take place later.

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