Surrey

Newchapel blaze that killed mother and children 'accidental'

The Plantation caravan site, Newchapel, Surrey Image copyright PA
Image caption The three victims of the fire have not yet been named

The fire which killed a woman and her two children near Lingfield, Surrey is thought to have started accidently.

The 35-year-old and her children, aged one and six, broke out at The Plantation mobile home site in Newchapel on 30 December.

Her 35-year-old husband and their 10-year-old son were treated for burns.

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service said it was still compiling its report but it believed the cause of the fire was accidental.

'Terrible thing'

An inquest into the deaths of the three victims, who have not yet been named, is expected to be held at a later date.

A spokesman for the fire service said the mobile home did not have a working smoke detector.

The 10-year-old boy who was taken to the East Surrey Hospital in Redhill for treatment for burns was later discharged.

The mobile home site is used by members of the Showmen's Guild, according to Tandridge District Council.

Guild president David Wallis described the incident as a "terrible thing" and said the organisation was looking at ways to support the family.

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