Guernsey

Inquest opens into Sark fatal house fire

An inquest has been opened into a house fire on Sark in which a person died.

The island's fire engine and emergency services were called to Jardin Louise after a fire started at about 0210 BST on Sunday.

Three people were in the house at the time, but two managed to escape and were believed to be uninjured. The last fatal fire on Sark was in 1969.

An inquest was opened at a special sitting of the Seneschal Court on Sunday.

It has been adjourned while forensic tests are carried out.

DNA records

Twelve firefighters were involved in tackling the fire on Sunday, which took about 35 minutes to put out.

Formal identification of the person who died is yet to take place, but forensics officers will use dental and DNA records in the process.

The police are also working closely with a family in Guernsey.

They said that there was no sign of foul play in the incident, but the cause of the fire was still being investigated.

Speaking about the fire, Kevin Adams, Sark's chief fire officer said: "It was a massive ball of orange flame, with very intense heat and flames.

"We were told by the man that escaped that he thought there was somebody else in there, so in was just a case of searching as best we could for the casualty.

"Some of the rooms we literally couldn't get in until some of the flames had disappeared."

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