Devon

Honiton house fire: Inquests open into deaths of teenagers

Scene of the fire at Lee Close in Honiton
Image caption Police are not treating the fire as suspicious

Inquests have been opened into the deaths of two teenagers who died as a result of a house fire in Devon.

Andrew Gunn, 18, and a 17-year-old girl, identified during a corner's hearing in Exeter as Child A, died after the fire broke out in the house in Lee Close in Honiton last Friday.

The pair died at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.

Coroner Dr Elizabeth Earland said the identities of both victims had been confirmed by their mothers.

She said post-mortem examinations had been carried out, but the findings were not disclosed.

The inquests were then adjourned.

Eight people were in the house when the fire broke out.

As well as the two teenagers, a three year-old boy also died as a result of injuries sustained in the blaze.

The toddler died in a burns unit at a hospital in Bristol after being taken to the city for treatment.

Devon and Cornwall Police said the fire began in a first-floor bedroom and was not being treated as suspicious.

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