Investigations continue into fire which killed Lincoln 17-year-old

Lincolnshire Police and Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue are continuing to investigate a tragic fire in Lincoln, in which a 17-year-old boy was killed.

The fire at a magic shop on De Wint Avenue in Lincoln continues to be treated as ‘unexplained’.

The scene of the fire on De Wint Avenue in Lincoln. Photos: Eyewitnesses Jordan Challis, Sam Seaman and Jacob Robson for The Lincolnite

The scene of the fire on De Wint Avenue in Lincoln. Photos: Eyewitnesses Jordan Challis, Sam Seaman and Jacob Robson for The Lincolnite

Officers have been at the scene of the fire since it broke out just before 4.30pm on December 21.

A number of enquiries are ongoing to establish the exact circumstances involved.

Formal identification and a post mortem examination of the teen killed in the blaze are expected to be carried out within the coming days.

Lincolnshire Police confirmed only that the person was a 17-year-old male.

A woman and two men were taken to hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The scene on the morning of Tuesday, December 22 after the fire at the magic shop on De Wint Avenue. Photo: Stefan Pidluznyj

The scene on the morning of Tuesday, December 22 after the fire at the magic shop on De Wint Avenue. Photo: Stefan Pidluznyj

DI Mark Blackbourn said: “We have been working tirelessly with the fire and rescue service since the start of this fire to try and piece together the exact chain of events.

“We are exploring a number of possibilities and for that reason are currently treating the fire as unexplained.

“This is a very traumatic and clearly tragic event for the family involved. For this to happen at any time of the year is devastating but particularly so at Christmas time. Our thoughts are very much with them.

“We continue to appeal for any information that could help the enquiry. If you witnessed anything in relation to the fire and have not already spoken to officers please call us on our non-emergency number 101 quoting incident 281 of December 21.”

Tributes and donations are continuing to pour in in support of the Taylor family, who have been affected by the traumatic incident.

A fundraising page set up by a friend of the family has seen contributions reach over £6,000.