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Fatal House Fire at Stone

The cause of a fire at an elderly couple’s house in Stone, near Stafford was accidental, a fire investigation has shown.

Peter Goffe, aged 86 and his 85-year-old wife Beryl were pronounced dead at the scene last night. They were found on the landing of their home in Lichfield Road, Stone after a fire in a bedroom. 

Joint fire and police investigations have concluded that the fire was caused accidentally and there are no suspicious circumstances. The cause of the fire is believed to be a light fitting in a wardrobe.

Firefighters from Stone were called to the house at 6.21pm on Tuesday evening after the alarm was raised by a relative visiting the property. 

Group Manager Rob Barber, said: “The first floor of the house was smoke-logged when firefighters in breathing apparatus entered the property but there was no sign of fire.  Two occupants were found on the first floor landing and firefighters removed the couple from the property prior to the arrival of the ambulance service.

“This was a very sad accident involving an elderly couple in their own home and on behalf of the Fire and Rescue Service I would like to express our condolences to Mr and Mrs Goffe’s family and friends.”

Firefighters left the scene at 12.24am yesterday, September 25.