Inquest opened into pensioner killed in blaze

THE inquest into the death of a pensioner who died after a fire ravaged his home has today been opened.

George Scott died following the blaze at his bungalow in Beech Close, Sproughton on Monday.

Fire crews were called at around 11am to reports a man was missing in the property, which was engulfed by fire.

As one team battled the flames the other searched for Mr Scott, dragging him out of the house and attempting to revive him before handing over to paramedics when they arrived at the scene.

A spokeswoman for the East of England ambulance service said the 80-year-old may have suffered a heart attack, brought on by the fire and smoke inhalation.

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A spokesman for the coroners office in Suffolk today said: “The inquest following the death of George Scott of Beech Close, Sproughton was opened and adjourned today pending further investigations.”

The flames had taken hold of the kitchen and living room and fire investigators suspect the cause of the fire could have been a faulty kettle.

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Police officers are appealing for any witnesses to the fire to come forward. If you have information you should contact police on 01473 613500.

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