Investigations continue into ‘unexplained’ fire

The scene of a fatal house fire in Hollington Old Lane, St Leonards
The scene of a fatal house fire in Hollington Old Lane, St Leonards

A house fire, which claimed the life of a man in St Leonards over the weekend, is being treated as unexplained.

Sussex Police and East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service are currently investigating what caused the fatal blaze which broke out in a property in Hollington Old Lane shortly before 2am on Sunday (September 6).

A 41-year-old man who lived at the property was found with serious injuries.

Despite efforts by paramedics to resuscitate him, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

A post mortem examination by a Home Office pathologist will take place on Wednesday (September 9).

Detective Inspector Hannah Willard, of Sussex Police, said the cause of the fire remains unexplained.

But she added: “We’re not looking for anyone else in connection with this tragic but isolated incident.

“However, we would like to hear from anyone who feels they may have information that could assist us with our enquiries.

“They should email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or phone 101, quoting Operation Roberton.”

A 78-year-old woman, who had also been in the house at the time of the fire, escaped unhurt.

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