Body found in fire-hit home

Firefighters have recovered a body from the charred remains of a remote bungalow destroyed by fire. The body was found inside the house in an isolated spot on Hall Drive, off Longwater Lane, Costessesy, at about 6am, when the fire was already well established.

Firefighters have recovered a body from the charred remains of a remote bungalow destroyed by fire.

The body was found inside the house in an isolated spot on Hall Drive, off Longwater Lane, Costessesy, at about 6am, when the fire was already well established.

The victim has yet to be identified. A 79-year-old man lived there alone and is unaccounted for.

The alarm was raised by a worker at the nearby K & S Skip Hire, who spotted the smoke on his way to work and believed his business premises were on fire.

Crews from Norwich and North Earlham found the flames had already been burning for some time and had spread throughout the fire-damaged building.

They tackled the rest of the blaze and were dampening down the area when the body was found and police alerted.

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The firefighters remained for a couple of hours and the area was sealed off for the rest of the day as a fire investigation team and scene of crime officers carried out their enquiries.

Building control officers also assessed the safety of what remains of the precarious building, which is about half a mile from Longwater Lane along a dirt track.

The bungalow is isolated and surrounded by dense, overgrown foliage, outbuildings and animal pens. Police said that the care of turkeys and various farm birds on site had been taken care of.

Det Insp Nick Day said: “We don't, at this stage, know the cause of the fire and we are awaiting the outcome of a home office post mortem examination. We know that an elderly gentleman lived on the premises and he is unaccounted for.”

A post-mortem is due to take place at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital today .

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