Firefighters find a body in Cornwall chalet

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Chalet remains
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Fire crews used breathing apparatus to get into the chalet

A body has been found in a badly burned wooden chalet in Cornwall.

Crews were called to the Trewhiddle Holiday Park near St Austell shortly after 2200 GMT on Monday.

The fire was described as severe and crews used breathing apparatus to get into the building.

It is known that a man lived in the premises and police say they are trying to contact next-of-kin. The cause of the blaze is not known but post-mortem test results are expected later.

Four appliances were called in to deal with the fire which destroyed the 20m long chalet.

Sgt Simon Sage, of Devon and Cornwall Police, said: "The scene is being guarded and an investigation will start with our scenes of crime department and the fire service's investigation team.

"Hopefully we'll be able to establish the cause of the fire and identify the deceased and establish whether or not that is the only person in the scene."

Johnny Goldsmith, the director of Trewhiddle Village Limited, said in a statement: "I wish to express my shock and sadness and offer my sincere condolences to the family of the deceased".

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