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Mum sent 'goodbye' text to sister-in-law hours before dying in mysterious house fire that killed husband and child

Mirror logo Mirror 26/01/2017 Angela Wormald

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A mum-of-one sent a final text to her sister-in-law telling her "goodbye" hours before dying in a mystery fire alongside her husband and six-year-old son.

The victims - named locally as Tiago and Adriana Nunes and their son Tiago - were found in the fire-damaged property in Reigate, Surrey yesterday.

Adriana sent a number of cryptic messages to Cecilia Nunes, 44, in which she appeared angry that her family had missed her birthday, reports The Sun.

She said: "She texted me. The message said ‘goodbye’, but I deleted it because I was very upset.

"Another said ‘thank you very much family for my birthday’.

"I think that’s strange because we didn’t send any birthday message. I can’t believe what happened."

Surrey Police are investigating and haven't yet ruled out the possibility of a murder-suicide.

They were all found together in the same double bed after the blaze ripped through their rented home.

It is believed a fire had burned all night at the property, which is in the grounds of a farm in Trumpet's Hill Road.

The blaze was only discovered when Mr Nunes failed to arrive for work and the farmer went to his home to check he was ok.

Family and friends of the trio have been paying tribute online.

Guilherme Alexandrew Herrera Cruz, the brother of Adriana, said on Facebook: "My heart hurts too much! I expected too much live close and you were gone! May God comfort us! Without words!

Cecilia also wrote: "Brother, sister-in-law and God son nephew you all will be in our heart and we will love you for ever !"

She described news of their deaths as the "worst and terrible pain".

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SuHeadteacher Jane Douglass of North Downs Primary School, which Tiago Jr attended, wrote in a letter to parents: "This is very likely to be a difficult time for us and we will all need to support each other."

Police and fire brigade attended the property shortly after 11am yesterday and found three bodies inside.

The cottage, which is surrounded by fields and next to a Llama farm, has been completely gutted following the fire.

It is believed Tiago was a gardener at nearby Little Santon Farm.

A local resident said: "The gardener lives in the cottage on the grounds and that was the building that was on fire.

"Betchworth is a small village, they were very well known and lovely people," she said. I'm in shock."

The woman - who did not want to be named - said she got to the farm at 10.45am yesterday."It [the fire] was out by then, it was very strange. It looked like it had happened weeks ago.

"It was smouldering slightly but there was no sign of a fire and there wasn't loads of smoke in the air.

"It must have happened quietly during the night.

"[The cottage] is far away from the farmhouse which is over a mound. Looking at the cottage I don't think there were many houses that would have seen it."

The resident said that because the gardener hadn't turned up for work, the local farmer went down to see where he was and discovered the scene of devastation.

"They [the family] have been there for a few years, maybe four or five," she said.

The resident added that she believes the child who died was a little boy aged around seven years old and that his parents were in their 30s.

Witness Mark Wigmore drove past the fire and said the cottage was heavily damaged.

He told the Surrey Mirror: "I had traffic behind so couldn't stop or get a good look.

"There were lots of emergency vehicles on the road and at the property. The house had lost its roof but the walls are still standing."

Police and firefighters attended the incident with police dogs and the police helicopter on the scene.

A Surrey police spokesman said: "The property was found to have suffered serious fire damage and three people - two adults and a child - were found deceased.

"Next of kin have been informed."

Investigators are now working with Surrey Fire and Rescue Service to determine what caused the blaze.

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