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Family hear of double tragedy at inquest

PUBLISHED: 15:42 25 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:23 03 March 2010

A SUFFOLK family attended a coroner's court in Ipswich to hear the circumstances into the deaths of two relatives who died in separate incidents.

A SUFFOLK family attended a coroner's court in Ipswich today to hear the circumstances into the deaths of two relatives who died in separate incidents.

Coroner Dr Peter Dean expressed his sympathy to the family as he opened the inquests into the deaths of 71-year-old Harry Albins and 84-year-old William Cribb.

Members of the family, joined together through a marriage by Mr Cribb's daughter, Myra, to a son of Mr Albins, sat in the court today to hear evidence relating to the two tragedies.

Mr Albins' son, Mark, told how on the February 3 his father had been burning bits of wood where he worked at Highfield Barns, Nacton.

He told the court how his father had accidentally thrown paint stripper on to the blaze resulting in a huge explosion.

He said: "I was with my mother when I was told my dad had had an accident. When I got down to the barns where he was, my dad was still standing. It was clear he had been burnt and he didn't have a stitch of clothing on.

"I took my coat off to cover him. He was still standing up and told me he could walk to the ambulance. He was still walking."

Mr Albins was taken to Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford with 46 per cent burns.

Skin grafts that were carried out to cover the burns turned sceptic and on February 21 he suffered a fatal heart attack.

After Mr Dean recorded a verdict of accidental death, the family then heard evidence from Myra Albins into the death of her father William Cribb.

Mr Cribb, a retired builder from Nansen Road, Ipswich, died on May 27 this year from mesotholioma, a form of cancer.

Ironically, it is thought that Mr Cribb came into contact with asbestos, causing his fatal disease, when he worked at Ipswich General Hospital from 1968 to 1969. A verdict of death from industrial disease was given.

In concluding, Dr Dean offered his condolences to all members of the family.

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