Two bodies found at Barnstaple house after fire

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Barnstaple fire
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Police have appealed for any witnesses to contact them

Police are treating the discovery of two bodies at a house in Devon after a fire as a murder inquiry.

Fire crews found the bodies at Fortmead Close in Barnstaple on Sunday morning.

A man rescued from the house by firefighters was being treated at North Devon District Hospital for unidentified injuries.

Detectives from the force's major crime investigation team are working on the inquiry and a cordon remains in place at the scene.

Supt Richard Baker, of Devon and Cornwall Police, said: "This is a very early stage in the police inquiry and we are still trying to piece together the series of events which preceded this tragedy.

"We are still in the process of identifying the two bodies, how they came to be there and notifying the two deceased's next-of-kin.

"This is a very unusual incident and we appreciate that the local residents have concerns - we will be placing high visibility patrols in the area for the time being as a reassurance measure."

Police are appealing for witnesses to anyone who may have been in the area.

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