Victim of Clare house fire officially named at inquest

Bridget Burgess died in a house fire in Clare
Bridget Burgess died in a house fire in Clare
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The victim of a house fire in Clare in February was officially named for the first time when an inquest into her death was opened and adjourned on Monday (30).

Assistant Suffolk Coroner Dr Daniel Sharpstone formally opened the inquest into the death of 84-year-old Bridget Burgess during a hearing at The Active Business Centre in Bury St Edmunds.

The body of Mrs Burgess was found by firefighters in a first floor bedroom of her house in Nethergate Street on February 17.

Although she was named locally after the tragedy, no official confirmation of the fire victim’s identity had previously been made.

The inquest has been adjourned to allow further enquiries to take place but no date has yet been set for it to take place.

Dr Sharpstone told the hearing that Mrs Burgess, a widow who lived alone, had been identified by a pathologist using a serial number from a hip replacement.

A post mortem examination conducted by Dr Karl Love at the West Suffolk Hospital on February 20 showed that her death had been due to smoke inhalation and burns.