VIDEO UPDATE: Detectives investigate damage at fatal Chidham fire

Detectives are continuing to investigate a fatal bungalow fire at the scene of the blaze today (Sunday February 7).

Images of the damage caused by the fatal fire in Chidham, taken the next day (Sunday)
Images of the damage caused by the fatal fire in Chidham, taken the next day (Sunday)

Two people, thought to be elderly, died after the fire broke out in the home in Maybush Drive yesterday (Saturday February 6), Sussex Police said.

Officers have opened an investigation into the cause of the blaze, which is currently unexplained.

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Images and video footage taken today show the extent of the damage to the bungalow, and officers investigating the premises.

Images of the damage caused by the fatal fire in Chidham, taken the next day (Sunday)

Detective chief inspector Mike Ashcroft from the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime team said: “Two people, believed to be the occupants of the house both in their 90s, have sadly died.

“An investigation is underway to how the fire started which at this stage is unexplained.”

The home was ‘well alight’ when firefighters attended the incident at 8.45am, a spokesperson for West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said.

The spokesperson added: “Two casualties were located by search crews wearing breathing apparatus. Sadly both were confirmed deceased at the scene.

Images of the damage caused by the fatal fire in Chidham, taken the next day (Sunday)

“A fire investigation is now underway to try and establish the cause.

“Our thoughts and condolences go to the family and friends of the casualties and everyone involved in this tragedy.”

Crews from Chichester, Emsworth and Havant were called, along with police officers and paramedics.

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Images of the damage caused by the fatal fire in Chidham, taken the next day (Sunday)

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