Two bodies found after fire

An elderly woman has died in a fire at a property in Copthorne in West Sussex.

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Fatal fire caused by cigarette

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."

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.

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.


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