Coroner to make inquest ruling into deaths of four Warwickshire firefighters

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A coroner will decide whether an inquest will be held into the deaths of four firefighters who died in the Atherstone-on-Stour warehouse blaze.

At a hearing on Friday at the Warwickshire Justice Centre in Leamington Spa, coroner Sean McGovern will hand down a ruling into the inquests relating to the deaths of Ashley Stephens, Darren Yates-Badley, John Averis and Ian Reid.

The four men died in November 2007 tackling a fire at a vegetable packing plant in Atherstone-on-Stour.

Three senior firefighters were charged with manslaughter by gross negligence but were all acquitted at trial.

Following a criminal trial, inquests are not usually held.

Mr McGovern will announce his decision on Friday.