Source of blaze that killed bands­man still a mys­tery

Macclesfield Express - - LIGHTNING SPECIAL -

FIRE in­ves­ti­ga­tors are still try­ing to find out what started a fire that killed an el­derly man.

Ray Booth, 85, from Poyn­ton, died af­ter the blaze at his home on Cop­pice Road on May 25.

A joint probe by Cheshire Po­lice and Cheshire Fire ser­vice has ruled out any sus­pi­cious cir­cum­stances, but work is still on­go­ing to find out ex­actly what hap­pened.

Mr Booth was pres­i­dent of the Ver­non Build­ing So­ci­ety (Poyn­ton) Brass Band. He joined the band when he was 16 and played tenor horn for al­most 40 years.

He was forced to re­tire from play­ing when he was di­ag­nosed with mac­u­lar de­gen­er­a­tion but stayed in­volved as a trustee then as pres­i­dent.

Mr Booth con­tin­ued to travel to the band’s com­pe­ti­tions and con­certs un­til last year when his health and mo­bil­ity de­te­ri­o­rated.

A spokesman for Cheshire Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice said: “The in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the fire is on­go­ing. There was a lot of dam­age so it is tak­ing time to find the cause but we do know there were no sus­pi­cious cir­cum­stances.”

An in­quest was opened and ad­journed by Cheshire’s coroner on June 6.

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