Deprecated: Function session_register() is deprecated in /home/sites/ on line 88 Amberley woman died before cottage fire
 Current Threat Level in the UK SEVERE  Issued by

Forum Links

News Archive

Amberley woman died before cottage fire

  • 8-5-2015

A woman who was found dead in her West Sussex home after a fire died of natural causes before the blaze took hold, tests have shown.

Elisabeth Belcher, 70, was found in a smoke-logged living room in her thatched cottage in Amberley on 5 June.

West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said it was thought the fire in the cottage in Hog Lane was started accidentally by smoking materials.

Mrs Belcher was known to be a heavy smoker, the fire service said.

Fire investigation officer Richard Bradley said: "My assumption is that she was smoking at the time of her death, dropping the cigarette on either her clothing or the armchair she was sitting in."

He said immobile smokers or those caring for them were advised to buy smoking cloaks which can prevent clothing catching fire.

Mrs Belcher's family have been told about the toxicology test results.

Read More...........
Reproduced under licence from BBC News © 2015 BBC

Email to Friend

Fill in the form below to send this news item to a friend:

Email to Friend
* Your Name:
* Your Email:
* Friend's Name:
* Friend's Email:
* Security Image:
Security Image Generate new
Copy the numbers and letters from the security image
* Message:

Forum Login

Please login or register to our forum.

IFPA Spopnsor
RIFA advert