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Berkeley blaze victim had no warning

A man who perished in a fire at a converted Berkeley garagewas not found in his bed and may have been trying to get out after the blaze took hold, firefighters say.

Berkeley painter Warren Hennessy died in a shed fire Tuesday night. Picture: supplied

Warren Hennessy, 53, died in ashedat the back of his mother’s Essex Street home late Tuesday.The tragedy has prompted a grave reminder from firefighters on the importance ofsmoke alarms.

Fire crews attendedthe property about 10.45pm and took just 15 minutes to extinguish the blaze, saidInspector Jeremy Hood, Illawarra duty commander.

Police keep watch over a property destroyed by fire on Tuesday night. Picture: Adam McLean

“Thattells us that the fire established and took hold rather quickly before it was noticed,” he said.

“There were no smoke detectors, so if someone was asleep they might not have been able to get a warningin time, and were more than likely overcome by smoke.”

Authorities do not believe the fire wassuspicious.

An investigation into its cause is ongoing.

Candles found inside the shed are of interest to investigators.

There was no kitchen in the shed –a cladding and steel structure.

On Wednesday morning the grieving family ofMr Hennessy –a father –came together at the main house.

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