Books factor in fatal Brighton fire

Police and firefighters at the scene in Upper Bedford Street

Police and firefighters at the scene in Upper Bedford Street

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A fire in a squat that led to a man dying could have been caused by huge piles of books catching light.

Darren Akerman, 40, died following the blaze in St George’s Terrace in Kemp Town on November 28.

The property had been occupied by squatters but they had been evicted several days before the incident.

The Argus understands that Mr Akerman was alone in the building when the fire broke out and that the investigation is focusing on whether piles of books that surrounded him could have caused the blaze to take hold.

An inquest will be held into his death on February 27 in Brighton.

A police spokesman said: “A 48-year old man arrested on suspicion of arson has been stood down from his bail.

“We are satisfied that the death was not suspicious and there was no third party involvement.”

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12:02pm Tue 5 Feb 13

Bob_The_Ferret says...

I'm not convinced that piles of books spontaneously combusted. There must have been an ignition source to get the fire going enough to set the books alight, and that ignition source is most likely suspicious.
I'm not convinced that piles of books spontaneously combusted. There must have been an ignition source to get the fire going enough to set the books alight, and that ignition source is most likely suspicious. Bob_The_Ferret
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12:39pm Tue 5 Feb 13

Crystal Ball says...

Seems to be a case of Fahrenheit 451...
Seems to be a case of Fahrenheit 451... Crystal Ball
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