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Geoffrey Butlin inquest: Fire at home in The Green, Addingham, 'most likely' started by mother

Geoffrey Butlin inquest: Fire at home in The Green, Addingham, 'most likely' started by mother
Geoffrey Butlin inquest: Fire at home in The Green, Addingham, 'most likely' started by mother


Geoffrey Butlin inquest: Fire at home in The Green, Addingham, 'most likely' started by mother

A disabled man died following a fire at his home which an inquest heard was most likely started by his elderly mother and full-time carer.

Geoffrey Butlin died on April 11, 2016, aged 65, following a fire at his home in The Green, Addingham, on Friday, March 18, 2016.

Mr Butlin was cared for by his elderly mother Shirley Butlin after a failed suicide attempt in 1980 left him with brain damage.

An inquest into his death was reopened yesterday by Assistant Coroner Peter Merchant at Bradford Coroner’s Court.


Dr Kirsten Hope, pathologist, said following a post-mortem she had established Mr Butlin’s cause of death as bronchopneumonia due to the effects of fire.

Dr Hope said Mr Butlin was dependent on his mother for care because his brain injury had left him with cognitive impairment and mobility problems.

Firefighters had to break down the door to the Butlins’ home in a bid to save the pair from the fire, and both were rescued, but Mr Butlin failed to recover. Fire investigations officer Gary Asquith told the court the fire was mainly confined to the cottage’s dining room, with the rest of the house being damaged by heat and smoke. He said: “The first started in the armchair nearest the door, and there was a suitcase on the armchair.





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