Smoke alarm plea after death of Mark Rivers in Brighton

A woman whose brother died in a house fire has urged people to make sure they have a working smoke alarm fitted.

Mark Rivers, 51, was found in his flat in Bristol Gardens, Kemptown, on 6 November. It is believed he died from the effects of smoke inhalation.

His sister, Tina Coupe, from Eastbourne, said her brother did not have a smoke alarm in the property.

She said: "I think a lot of people get complacent and think this kind of thing is never going to happen."

'Fully extinguished'

The cause of the blaze is still under investigation but Ms Coupe said people should be more aware of risks in their home.

She said: "As Christmas is fast approaching, people are burning candles and using extension leads to put lights up that they leave on overnight.

"It's brought it very much to my mind to say to people, 'Make sure if you are using candles, they are fully extinguished before you go to bed, the same with cigarettes'."

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