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Probe into fatal Yarmouth fire

PUBLISHED: 12:16 30 April 2010 | UPDATED: 10:07 02 July 2010

A probe into a fatal flat fire is continuing.

A probe into a fatal flat fire is continuing.

Investigations were continuing today after the body of a man was discovered in a Great Yarmouth flat following a fire in the building.

Investigations were continuing today after the body of a man was discovered in a Great Yarmouth flat following a fire in the building.

Three fire engines from Yarmouth were called to the flat in Queen's Road just after 7am yesterday.

At 10am the area around flat, which is one of three in a building by the Camden Tavern, was cordoned off as police forensic officers and fire investigators spent the day examining the cause of the fatal flat fire.

Det Insp Ricky Botwright, of Yarmouth police, said: “We were called at 7.30am to the top floor flat at Queen's Road which was ablaze.”

Det Insp Botwright said no one else was in the flat at time and his officers were talking to an occupant of another flat in the building as a witness.

Neighbour Veronica Howell, 57 and who did not know the man who died, was alerted to the fire by the barking of her German shepherd Bear.

She said: “The smoke was very bad. It was awful. I don't care who you are, you don't deserve to die like that.”

As well as the three fire crews from Yarmouth, 15 police officers and five detectives were sent to the scene of the fire with several forensic teams also called in after the fire was put out at about 7.50am.

Norfolk police spokesman Jon Dack said: “Officers from Norfolk Constabulary are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding a fire at Queen's Road in Yarmouth.

“On arrival at the scene, the body of a male was discovered inside the property.

“At this early stage, the incident is being treated as unexplained and investigations will continue throughout the day.”

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