Memorial service to remember Lowestoft house fire victims Andrew McInnes and William Cooper
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A memorial service will be held to remember two men who died in a house fire.
Wheelchair user Andrew McInnes, 60, and his live-in carer William Cooper, 62, died after being pulled from the blaze in Lowestoft in the early hours of Monday morning.
The severe fire tore through the home in Stanley Street at about 1.10am, with firefighters rescuing the two men from the ground floor and a room upstairs. But despite dramatic attempts to resuscitate the men at the scene, the pair later died at James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston.
Suffolk police said the fire was not being treated as suspicious and the blaze is believed to have started in the kitchen. Suffolk Fire and Rescue area commander Ian Bowell said they believed the cause of the fire was an electric toaster.
With 'an overwhelming sense of shock' still affecting people in the Roman Hill area of town, where the tragedy happened, a memorial service will be held at St Andrew's Church tomorrow evening.
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The short service is open to anyone and starts at 6.30pm.
Rev Rogers, vicar at St Andrew's Church on Roman Road, said: 'As we have learned of the tragic events whereby two of our neighbours lost their lives as a result of the recent house fire, we shall be holding a short memorial service, to remember Andrew and Billy.
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'The service is open to anyone who has been seriously affected by this tragedy or other tragic events. Remembering Andrew and Billy will be the main focus and there will be the opportunity for people to write their thoughts on cards.
'I have been down to Stanley Street this morning and have been talking to a few neighbours. There is still an overwhelming sense of shock.
'I think they were both very much liked – the kind of people who would stop and have a chat with you – and people looked out for them. My recollection of them is that they were two nice guys. It always feels bad when you lose good neighbours.'
He added: 'That part of Roman Hill is still coming to terms with the tragedy.
'It will be a time for reflection, there will be a bit of silence in the service and people who knew them can share their feelings.'