Oulton explosion probe continues

Police last night revealed a fire which led to the death of a man in his Lowestoft home was not being treated as suspicious, as investigations into the cause continued.

Police last night revealed a fire which led to the death of a man in his Lowestoft home was not being treated as suspicious, as investigations into the cause continued.

The victim had yet to be named by police yesterday, but it is understood that the man living at the damaged property in Diprose Drive, Oulton, was Nick Lloyd.

The body of the victim was discovered in the garage of the property following the blaze at about 6am on Sunday.

Suffolk police spokesman Anne-Marie Breach said the cause of the fire was still being investigated, but confirmed the man's death was not suspicious. The results of a post-mortem examination have yet to be released.

The blaze caused major disruption after firefighters discovered that a van parked outside the house contained a highly explosive acetylene gas canister.

About 100 householders were evacuated and a 200m exclusion zone was put in place. Nearby roads were also closed as six fire engines from Norfolk and Suffolk, two ambulances and 10 police officers were sent to the scene.

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t Anyone who was in the area at the time of the fire has been asked to contact Suffolk police on 01473 613500.

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