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Father of fire boy found hanged

Charlie-Bob Townsend
Charlie-Bob Townsend aged six, died as a result of the fire

A six-year-old boy has died in a fire at his North Somerset home where crews found the body of his father hanged in a garage.

The body of Christopher Townsend, 51, a set designer on BBC's Casualty, was found at their home in Long Ashton.

The six-year-old who died has been named as Charlie-Bob Townsend. He was taken to hospital in Bristol, but died soon afterwards.

Police said the cause of the fire had "not been positively confirmed".

'Wonderful boy'

It is not believed his wife and other son were at home at the time of the fire.

An Avon and Somerset Police spokesman said: "We are working closely with the fire services and the home is currently cordoned off as a crime scene. These are very early days in our investigation."

Post-mortem examinations are due on Friday.

The spokesman said firefighters entered the two-storey semi-detached house and found the body of a man.

"A six-year-old boy was found in an upstairs room. He was taken to hospital where sadly he died a short while later."

A member of staff at the nearby Angel Inn said the village had been shocked by the incident.

She said: "He was an incredibly nice man with a wonderful boy.

"We are dreadfully sorry to hear the news."

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