Source of blaze that killed bandsman still a mystery
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.