‘Accidental death’ verdict in care home fireball tragedy

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An inquest jury has returned a verdict of accidental death today (7th August) after a mentally ill woman was engulfed in flames at a Mansfield Woodhouse care home.

Patricia Bryan had been a resident at the privately-owned Thistle Hill Hall home on Debdale Lane, when the incident happened on 9th March, the inquest at Nottingham Council House heard.

But her family reacted angrily to the decision and said that Ms Bryan had needed caring for in a secure mental health facility and that more should have been done to address the 58-year-old’s 60-a-day smoking habit.


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