Man's body found after St Leonards house fire

The scene of the fire
Image caption Sussex Police believes the fire probably started in the basement

A man's body has been found following a fire at a house.

The blaze, which broke at an address in West Hill Road, St Leonards, just after 17:30 GMT on Thursday, is being treated as unexplained.

The body of a man, believed to be in his 70s, was found inside the house. Sussex Police said the coroner had been informed.

Detective Inspector Andy Eggleton said the investigation was in its early stages and appealed for witnesses.

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Media captionThe fire was reported at about 17:30 GMT on Thursday
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Image caption Sussex Police said it was working closely with East Sussex Fire & Rescue and the coroner
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Image caption The fire service successfully managed to tackle the blaze, police said
Image caption Sussex Police has appealed for witnesses

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