Man Dies After Dental Practice Fire Horror

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A man who set fire to himself at a dental practice in Chichester has died. Anthony Chase, 66, died in hospital two days after the incident.

Mr Chase set himself alight after covering his clothes in lighter fuel at Little London Dental Care. He was taken to hospital in East Grinstead but died from his injuries two days later.

Staff at the practice reacted quickly when the incident occurred on Monday afternoon and fire crews, ambulances and police were called to the scene at around 3pm. Fire fighters sprayed foam on Mr Chase to extinguish the flames and when ambulance crews arrived, the 66 year old was conscious and able to walk and talk. Two ambulances were sent to the incident and they arrived within five minutes of the 999 call.

Police have now confirmed that Mr Chase died from his injuries at Victoria Hospital and are not treating the incident as suspicious. The case will now be passed to the coroner. A spokesman for the force said that the full details of the fire have not yet been established, although it is believed that a can of lighter fluid was involved. The fire was restricted to the man’s clothing and did not cause any damage to the property.

A post-mortem has been carried out but the exact cause of death has not yet been confirmed. A report from the pathologist is expected in the near future.

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