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Elizabeth Whiteman died in flat fire caused by cigarette in Mockett Court, Frederick Street, Sittingbourne

It came as an inquest opened and was adjourned at Archbishop’s Palace in Maidstone this week.

A date for a full hearing has provisionally been set for August 13.

Mrs Whiteman, a housewife, who was born in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, had been admitted to Mid Essex Hospital with what were described as 30% burns.

Firefighters needed breathing apparatus to put out the flames in the first-floor flat and also evacuated a neighbouring property.

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