Jim Shears and Alan Bannon
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Shirley Towers inquest: Deaths by misadventure verdict

The jury at the inquest into the deaths of two firefighters in a Southampton tower block has returned a verdict of death by misadventure.

Jim Shears, of Poole, Dorset, and Alan Bannon, of Southampton, died inside flat 72 of Shirley Towers in 2010.

The finding was delivered in conjunction with a narrative verdict which noted the pair died as a result of exposure to excessive heat.

The coroner said he would be making recommendations on safety improvement.

  • 11 Jul 2012