Woman killed by Watlington house fire died with husband at her hospital bedside, inquest told

The aftermath of a house fire on Cecil Close in Watlington. Picture: Matthew Usher.

The aftermath of a house fire on Cecil Close in Watlington. Picture: Matthew Usher.

A woman dragged from her burning home died with her husband at her hospital bedside, an inquest heard today.

The aftermath of a house fire on Cecil Close in Watlington. Picture: Matthew Usher.

The aftermath of a house fire on Cecil Close in Watlington. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Firefighters found Deborah Skipper, 59, inside her blazing bungalow in Cecil Close, Watlington, near King's Lynn in July.

She was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn after the fire on July 2 but did not regain consciousness and died the next day.

Norfolk coroner Jacqueline Lake said today that Mrs Skipper's husband Keith was at his wife's hospital bedside when she died, and he formally identified her body to the coroner's officer.

'She had been admitted to the hospital after a fire at her bungalow where she was found inside by fire officers,' added Ms Lake.


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A post-mortem report gave the preliminary medical cause of death as smoke inhalation and extensive burns as the result of a house fire.

No explanation was given as to how the fire started.

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The inquest was opened and adjourned this morning, with a full hearing set to take place at King's Lynn County Court on Monday, January 25 2016.

Mrs Skipper was born in Cambridge.

Neighbours said she was a mother-of two and former hairdresser who lived at the bungalow with her husband Keith who worked for Elgood's brewery in Wisbech.

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