Mystery of body found in burning van
7:08am Monday 4th February 2013
- Body of man found in burning car
- Firefighters make grim discovery as they battled flames
- Police and arson task force launch investigation
A police spokesman said there had been no arrests in connection
with the investigation.
A statement released by police said: “The deceased has not been
"At this time the cause of death is unexplained. It is not being treated as suspicious.”
Another neighbour said: “The first thing I knew was when
I drew back the curtains and saw it all out there, the police, the fire, the tape. There was a sheet over the car before they put the tent up. I didn’t realise what it was.
"I asked the police officer but they could not talk about it.
“They were a very decent family, there has never been any trouble.
"They are a retired couple but they have men and women in their 30s visiting them who we assumed are their children.”
Firefighters cut into the partially burnt-out vehicle to allow
the body to be removed for a post mortem.
Resident Andrew Shearing, of Calshot Drive, said: “It is normally quiet with little going on. This is very out of the ordinary.”
Here's a video taken from the scene.
Mr Horscoft added: "“I heard the noise of doors being slammed and several voices and then all of a sudden there was something louder and my doors and windows shook, a mini-explosion of some sort.
“I looked and saw a plume of smoke and people in the back
"Very soon after the fire brigade arrived and then the
police closely after.”
Steve Horscoft, of Calshot Drive, whose house is about 60
yards from the fire, said: “It was about 5am. I was awoken
by really loud Indian music in a car.
"I assumed it was someone being dropped off, coming home from a party but the music was really, really loud."
Police confirmed a man had been taken ill at the house but
said it was not directly caused by the fire.
Another local resident, who asked not to be named, said: “It is a very quiet neighbourhoodwith no hassle. We would pass the time of day to say hello to the family.
"It’s terribly sad. Nothing like this has ever happened before.”
One resident has told how he saw the husband who lives in the house, known as Mr Singh, going into an ambulance at 5.30am.
So far, the police have declined to give any details of the dead person.
Resident Kathleen Capeling, of Basing Way, Chandler’s Ford, said: “It is terrible for the family, so sad. You never know what is around the corner.”
The Daily Echo understands that the house is lived in by a retired couple in their 60s
Resident Nigel Terrill, who has lived in Calshot Drive
since the estate was built in the mid-1980s,
said: “It’s devastating. It is a quiet estate.
They are a nice family.”
Mr Terrill, a lorry driver, added the family
had held parties at the house including at
least one to celebrate a family wedding that
had gone on for several days.
He said the family was considerate of their
“They put letters through
everyone’s doors to tell us."
Residents told of hearing a group of people returning in the early hours before there was a loud bang that rattled windows.
03-registered van is parked partly on drive and partly on grass on front of detached home on 1980s estate.
Scenes of crime officers arrive on scene and white tent is erected as investigations get underway.
Police officers and Hampshire's arson task force alerted and arrive on scene.
Body of man discovered on front seats of white Citroen Berlingo van.
Van was on fire in driveway of house in Donnington Drive, Chandler's Ford.
Firefighters find body of man inside van after being called to vehicle fire at 5am.