An inquest has been opened into the death of a Mid Devon man linked to a ‘hazardous substance.’

Jason Barnes, 44, was found dead at a property in Stones Place on Tuesday, November 17.

Police sealed off the house and evacuated neighbouring properties due to concerns about a hazardous substance. They said the substance was the most likely cause of the man’s death.

HM Coroner in Exeter has now confirmed that an inquest into Mr Barnes death has been opened and adjourned.

The coroner has been told Mr Barnes, who is understood to have lived near Crediton, was found dead at the address.

A full hearing into the circumstances will take place at a date to be confirmed. No further details about the substance or the cause of death have been released.

It is understood Mr Barnes worked for a high-tech manufacturing firm in Crediton.

A close friend, who did not want to be named, said he had known Mr Barnes for more than 20 years. He had been a keen cricketer, playing at Shobrooke in Crediton, and an animal-lover. He had also suffered with depression.

Three households were evacuated after emergency services were called to the incident at about 10.30am. The properties were declared safe that evening.

A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police said at the time: ”A man in his 40s was declared deceased upon the arrival of emergency services.

”Initial enquiries suggested that a hazardous substance was the likely cause of death.

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”As a result, safeguarding against contamination has been paramount.

”The scene was contained in a joint effort by police and fire crews and a road closure was implemented.

‘This incident posed rare and unique circumstances and the response reflected the expertise and professionalism of all involved.

”His death is not being treated as suspicious at this time and his next-of-kin have been informed.”





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