Fire victim is named

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A MAN who died in a flat fire has been named by police as the brother of a soap actor.

Durham Police have identified the man whose body was found after a blaze at a flat in Sedgefield as 45-year-old Lakhbir Uppal.

Mr Uppal was found in the flat, in Wellgarth Mews, where he lived alone, in the early hours of Tuesday.

He was the brother of former Hollyoaks star Stephen Uppal, best known for playing Ravi Roy in Hollyoaks.

Police say the fire is not being treated as suspicious at this stage and investigations continue in order to provide a full report to the coroner.