A psychiatric ‘half-way home’ was turned into a blazing house of horror when fire killed four people and injured five more.
The Isle of Wight’s worst fire disaster in years was tackled by firemen from all parts of the island, but they were unable to stop flames ripping through the building’s three floors.
On the third floor police and fire officers searching the building discovered four bodies so badly burnt that identification would probably have to be confirmed by dental records.
Sixty firemen using nine appliances were called to the house at Carisbrook Road, Newport, but it was already well alight.
Half of the first floor and all of the second and third floors were destroyed.