Fire death probe continues

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POLICE remain in position outside a driveway in Melrose a week-and-a-half after a caravan fire which claimed the life of David Ogg.

It took until this Monday for Police Scotland to officially confirm the identity of the body found in the fire, which occurred on Saturday, July 27, in the town’s Tweedmount Road.

The 63-year-old was described by officers as the ‘occupier’ of the caravan.

However, despite identifying Mr Ogg as the victim of the blaze, which took hold shortly before 9.45pm, no new information has been forthcoming in terms of the cause of the fire or whether it is being treated as suspicious or not.

Specialist fire investigators from a dedicated unit in Edinburgh have been working with police colleagues to try and ascertain the circumstances surrounding the fire.

However, a Police Scotland spokesperson confirmed this week that investigations were still ongoing and that there was no update.

Following the blaze, the police appealed for anyone with information to contact them.

Fire crews from Galashiels and Selkirk attempted to put out the flames, but the caravan was burnt out, with the remains of Mr Ogg subsequently found inside.

The town was described by local councillor Jim Torrance to be ‘in shock’ following the fire.