Bodies Found After Eastbourne House Fire

11 July 2018, 15:10 | Updated: 11 July 2018, 15:12

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Two bodies have been found and a murder investigation has started, as police continue to investigate a house fire in Croxden Way in Eastbourne.

They are believed to be those of the two occupants previously unaccounted for – a woman aged 34 and her four-year-old son.

The next of kin of the victims have been informed, however formal identity has yet to take place.

The incident occurred around 1am and was reported to police at 1.18am on Tuesday (10 July), and the bodies were discovered in a first floor bedroom about 12pm (midday) on Wednesday (11 July).

A 26-year-old man who was also in the property at the time of the fire was taken to hospital with burns injuries in the early hours of Tuesday (10 July), and remains in an induced coma at this stage.

Police say he is the partner of the woman who lived at the house and whose body is believed to have been discovered; and not the father of the child whose body is believed to have been discovered.

Officers have described the scene as "difficult" and that it will take some time before forensics examinations are complete.

The cause of the fire is currently being treated as arson and a murder investigation has been launched. No arrests have been made.

Police are continuing to appeal for anyone with any information to report it online or call 101, quoting Operation Druffield.

Detective Chief Inspector Mike Ashcroft, of the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team, who is leading the investigation, said: “This is a dreadful incident and the worst fears have been realised. Our thoughts are with the victims, their families and the whole community at this time.

“I urge anyone with any information about this or any footage of the fire to contact us.”