Woman who died in Peacehaven fire identified

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THE ELDERLY woman who died in a house fire in Peacehaven has been officially named today as Jean Horton.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said the blaze was started by smoking materials, such as a lighter or a cigarette.

Sussex Police have been investigating the cause of the fire in Arundel Road Central and said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding her death.

Mrs Horton, 88, died in the fire at her home shortly after 1pm on Monday April 4.

A post mortem was carried out and the initial findings showed her death was not suspicious.

However further tests will be carried out to establish the exact cause of death.

The East Sussex coroner has been informed and an inquest has been opened and adjourned.

Mrs Horton’s pet cat is also reported to have died in the fire.