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Inquests open into teenagers' house fire death

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: April 12, 2013

  • Andrew Gunn

  • Rosie Bennellick

  • Harvey Bennellick

The inquests into the death of two teenagers who died along with a three-year-old boy at a house fire were yesterday opened.

Rosie Bennellick, 17, and her 18-year-old boyfriend Andy Gunn were killed in the tragedy in Honiton, East Devon, on Friday.

The fire broke out at the house in Lee Close shortly before 8am with eight people inside. The two teenagers died on Friday while Rosie's brother Harvey died at Bristol Children's Hospital the following day.

Coroner Dr Elizabeth Earland opened and adjourned the teenagers' inquests at a ten-minute hearing in Exeter yesterday afternoon.

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She said the identities of both victims were confirmed by their mothers, adding that post-mortem examinations were carried out, although the findings were not disclosed.

The inquests were adjourned to a date to be fixed.

Earlier this week Devon and Cornwall Police revealed the fire began in a first-floor bedroom at the property and it is not being treated as suspicious. A spokesman added that no one is being sought in connection with the incident.

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