Stanton: Police are not looking for anyone in relation to Drovers Rise fatal fire

The aftermath of the fire at a bungalow in Drovers Rise, Stanton.

The aftermath of the fire at a bungalow in Drovers Rise, Stanton. - Credit: Archant

Police are not looking for anyone in relation to a fire in Stanton in which a man died.

A body of a man, believed to be in his 80s, was found inside a bungalow in Drovers Rise, at Shepherds Grove Park retirement park, following a blaze in the early hours of Monday morning.

A spokesman for Suffolk police said following an investigation into the cause of the blaze the death is no longer being treated as unexplained and no other party is thought to have been involved.

A post mortem-examination took place yesterday afternoon and the cause of death was given as smoke inhalation.

The death will now be referred to the coroner.


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Formal identification has not yet taken place, but the man has been named by neighbours as Don Andrews.

A neighbour reported seeing flames at the site at about 4am and three fire engines, from Ixworth, Bury St Edmunds and Elmswell, attended with about 20 firefighters.

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Ali Moseley, group commander for Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service, said the first crews could see a thick plume of smoke from a few miles away.

He said by the time they arrived they were faced with a “very severe fire” and they “quite quickly learned there was someone potentially inside the property”.

Mr Moseley said: “The judgement at the time was there was no intervention we could have made that would have saved that person’s life.”

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