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Unlawful killing verdict recorded for boy killed in house fire

Ben and Patricia Philpotts died in the blaze at Trevarrian in January 2010 Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

A coroner has recorded a verdict of unlawful killing on a ten year old boy who died following a house fire near Newquay.

Ben Philpotts died in the blaze at his home at Trevarrian in January 2010. His mother Patricia also died in the fire. An open verdict was recorded on Mrs.Philpotts.

It's believed the fire was started by Harold Philpotts, the estranged husband of Mrs Philpotts, who had a history of mental illness.

He also died following the fire. The coroner recorded an open verdict on Mr Philpotts.

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