Funeral to be held for victim of fatal Wellingborough fire

The house in Midland Road, Wellingborough, where Mr Chennell was found
The house in Midland Road, Wellingborough, where Mr Chennell was found

The funeral for a man who died in a house fire three months ago is to be held.

Steven Chennell, 48, died on the night of March 4 following a blaze at a house in Midland Road, Wellingborough.

Speaking after his death, Det Chief Inspector Martin Kinchin said Mr Chennell was a man with his own property and was in regular contact with his local family but, in recent years, had chosen to live rough in Wellingborough.

Mr Chennell’s family paid tribute to him at the time, and said: “Steve will be dearly missed. He was a much loved member of our family and touched the heart of everyone he met.”

A murder investigation was launched following the fatal fire, and a 36-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder.

He was later released on police bail pending further inquiries. The Telegraph contacted the Crown Prosecution Service this week but it was unable to confirm whether any charges had been brought in relation to the blaze.

Mr Chennell’s funeral is to be held at the Edgar Newman Chapel at Kettering Crematorium on Monday, June 16, at 2.15pm.

It is family flowers only for the funeral, but there will be a donation box at the service or alternatively cheques made payable to Teen Challenge Wellingborough or Daylight Centre Fellowship Wellingborough can be sent c/o The Co-operative Funeralcare, 3 Farm Road, Wellingborough, NN8 4UF.