Hereford & Worcester

Police treat Andrew Heath fire death in Warndon as murder

Forensics team outside flat
Image caption Access to the flat had been problematic for the forensics team

Police investigating the death of a man in a fire in Worcester said they are now treating it as a murder inquiry.

Andrew Heath, 52, was found dead after a fire at his flat in Warndon in the early hours of 14 December.

Det Ch Insp Gary Watson said "access had been problematic" for the police forensics team because of the damage caused by the fire.

Two men were arrested and one of them - a man in his 30s - has been released on bail.

West Mercia police said they were looking for witnesses who were near Chedworth Close on the morning of the fire. They also wanted people who knew Mr Heath to come forward.

"We believe it [the fire] was started outside of the premises, hence why we're appealing for people to come forward who may have been in the area at the time," said Mr Watson.

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