Sussex

Fatal Bexhill flat fire woman is named

Bexhill fire scene
Image caption The woman was found inside the flat by firefighters but paramedics could not save her

A 42-year-old woman who died in a fire in a flat in East Sussex has been named by police.

Deborah Reynolds was rescued by fire crews from the property in Sackville Road, Bexhill, in the early hours of Monday but died a short while later.

A 40-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder at the scene of a fire has been released on bail.

Police said a post-mortem examination was inconclusive and further pathology tests would be carried out.

The man had managed to escape the fire and was taken to the Conquest Hospital at Hastings for treatment for smoke inhalation.

The cause of the blaze is thought to be suspicious.

Det Ch Insp Nick May said: "The cause of the fire is still being investigated.

"There was significant fire and smoke damage throughout the flat and we are not currently in a position to conclusively state how and where the fire broke out."

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