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Fireball victim named as 74-year-old Ronald Bamlett, from Coulby Newham
POLICE have named a 74-year-old man who died when a car burst into flames in a quiet village as Ronald Bamlett.
Officers were called to reports of explosions in Hutton Rudby, near Stokesley, North Yorkshire, on Tuesday afternoon.
The body of Mr Bamlett, from Coulby Newham, Middlesbrough, was found inside.
A spokesman for North Yorkshire Police said Mr Bamlett’s death is being treated as unexplained at the moment, although they believe there is no threat to the public.
Anyone with information about his death is asked to call North Yorkshire Police, on 101.
One of Mr Bamlett’s neighbours, in Longhirst, Coulby Newham, said: “Ron was a pleasant bloke, well-known on the estate.
“Everybody knew him and he would talk to anyone. He used to tell me about trips he had been on in Yorkshire, I think he used to like buying bits and pieces at salerooms, then selling them on.
“I am sorry he has gone, I used to enjoy bumping into him and having a natter, putting the world to rights.”
The neighbour, who wished to remain anonymous, lives in the type of one-bedroomed warden-controlled flat Mr Bamlett occupied.
He said police had rushed to Mr Bamlett’s flat on Tuesday evening and had spent much of the time since in and out of the property, as well as interviewing neighbours.