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Thu, 12 May, 2016 12:06:41 AM
FTimes – STT Report, May 12
 
Fire severely destroyed a house in Turku on late Tuesday night. Photo – Lehtikuva.
Two men and a woman were burnt to death in a fire that broke out at an apartment building at Hirvensalo in Turku late Tuesday night.
 
All the three victims were found in separate apartments. 
 
The police, however, said, the preliminary data indicates that only one of the men is believed to have died in the fire.
 
The second male victim is estimated to have been dead for days, if not weeks. His death appears natural.
 
“There is no evidence that the man himself or someone else did anything to him,” said Detective Chief Inspector Ari-Pekka Lehtinen of the Southwestern Finland police department.
 
The police have spoken to the neighbours. The other residents had not seen the man for some time.
 
“Apparently they were not worried, because he was a loner,” said Lehtinen.
 
 Lehtinen said despite the fire, the man would have been found sooner or later. 
 
The police consider it very likely that the two men were the residents of the apartments they were found in. Both were born in the 1950s.
 
 The third victim is also believed to have been born in the 1950s. She was found badly burned in the apartment which the police believe the fire originated from.
 
A middle-aged man who also lived in the apartment told the fire fighters that his girlfriend had remained inside the apartment when he left.
 
Several people living and working inside the apartment building were evacuated due to the fire. 
 
The cause of the fire is not yet certain, but the police have found no evidence of arson.
 
At the moment, the cause is suspected to be a reckless handling of flame, either smoking cigarettes or burning candles. The man who left the burning apartment said he saw a flame on a bedside table.
 
A full forensic inquest on the dead will be performed, and the Accident Investigation Board will start a preliminary investigation on the cause of the fire.
 
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