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Woman's fire death 'unexplained'

Scene of the fire
The body of the woman was found as firefighters made the scene safe

The death of a woman in a flat fire in Brighton is being treated as "unexplained" by Sussex Police.

About 15 firefighters spent nearly 90 minutes tackling the blaze, which started at a property in Upper Lewes Road at about 2340 BST on Thursday.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said the unidentified woman, in her 20s, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Det Ch Insp Adam Hibbert said it was not yet known whether she died as a result of the fire.

Residents re-housed

Speaking at the scene, he said: "The fire brigade was making the scene safe in terms of extinguishing the fire when the body of a female was found.

"The circumstances in which she was found mean we can't at this moment ascertain how and why she died."

The cause of the fire is also under investigation.

A post-mortem examination was due to be carried out by a pathologist later.

Other residents in the three-storey building left the address safely and were being re-housed by the local authority.


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