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Steven Chennell death: No charges as fire 'accidental'

Steven Chennell Image copyright Northamptonshire Police
Image caption Steven Chennell was described as "much loved" by his family

A man arrested on suspicion of murder following a fire at derelict hotel has been released without charge after police said the blaze was "accidental".

Rough sleeper Steven Chennell, 48, died soon after being found in the building on Midland Road, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, on 4 March.

Police said a 36-year-old man had been released because the death was no longer being treated as murder.

A full inquest into Mr Chennell's death is due to take place at a later date.

Initial tests showed he died from breathing in smoke.

The victim's family said he was "much loved" and "touched the heart of everyone he met."

Image caption The fire broke out at a disused hotel overnight on 4 March

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