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Bonfire ignites field in Horley

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A small bonfire caused a field to catch fire this afternoon in Horley.

Surrey fire and rescue supported by crew from Salford’s attended the fire after it was was spotted from the main road.

Thick black smoke was seen crossing across Balcombe Rd and the fire service tweeted drivers to be aware and to drive slowly.

The fire was quickly extinguished and fire crews remained onsite to dampen down the burnt ashes.

Noone was hurt or affected by the fire which is thought to have been started by sparks from the bonfire.

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Two arrested on suspicion of murder after woman dies in Crawley fire

The 53 year old woman from Crawley was pronounced dead at the scene.

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A woman has tragically died following a fire at a flat in Crawley.

A police statement says emergency services were called to the incident in Warren Drive in Ifield just before 5.40pm on Wednesday (11 July).

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They carried out CPR but despite their best efforts the victim, aged 53, was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

Next of kin have been informed and the woman’s death is being treated as suspicious.

The scene at the property on Warren Drive, Ifield is still under police investigation. Forensics are being carried out.

A statement issued by Sussex Police said:

“Two men who were also inside the property when police arrived have been arrested on suspicion of murder and remain in police custody at this stage. Police are not seeking anyone else in connection with the incident.

“The fire occurred in a lounge on the first floor of the premises and was contained to that room.”

Police outside the property on Warren Drive.

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service sent two fire engines to the scene after being called shortly after 5.40pm.

A spokesperson said:

“The fire service was called to a report of a fire at a flat in Warren Drive, Crawley at 17.42 yesterday afternoon (11 July). Two fire engines were sent. The fire was extinguished using one high pressure hose reel and two breathing apparatus. We left the scene at 18.02.”

Police continue investigations at the flat.

Forensics are being carried out at the scene, however police are in the very early stages of the investigation and police have said there are no further details available at this stage.

Forensic investigations have been carried out at the property where the fire originated in a first floor lounge.

Alternatively, you can visit the Crimestoppers website or contact the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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