Elderly woman dies in Barcombe Mills blaze

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Police and fire investigators are looking into the cause of a fatal fire in Barcombe Mills.

Officers were called to the home at Mill Farm shortly before 7am yesterday (Saturday 14 December) by firefighters at the scene of the fire.

Fire crews had been called at 6.15am after a member of the public reported seeing the building on fire.

Firefighters forced their way into the building and rescued an 89-year-old woman but she died later.

The cause of the fire is not yet known. The incident is being investigated by police and East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service.

Police know who the victim is but she has not yet been formally identified.

Detective Inspector Mark O’Brien said: “This is a tragic incident and the victim’s family are being supported by police and the coroner’s officer. At this stage we are treating the cause of the fire as unexplained and we remain open minded as to how it may have started.

“Building inspectors had decided that the home was currently not safe to go inside due to structural integrity. A forensic team working alongside fire investigators are currently examining the property.

“We expect to be at the property for the next couple of days while we assess the scene and establish any causes.”

Anyone with information about the incident should call 101 quoting serial 282 of 14/12 or email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk.