Funeral takes place today of St Helens house fire victim

Ian Appleton, who died in a fire at his home in Clinkham Wood, pictured with nieces and nephews

Ian Appleton, who died in a fire at his home in Clinkham Wood, pictured with nieces and nephews

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Hundreds of mourners are expected to attend the funeral this morning (Friday) of house fire victim Ian Appleton.

The popular 51-year-old was died after a blaze - believed to be started when a cigarette wasn’t properly stubbed out at his home on Lingmell Avenue in Clinkham Wood.

Mr Appleton was a popular and well-respected staff member at United Utilities, where he had worked as a waster water performance technician for 12 years.

His funeral will take place at St Patrick’s Church in Clinkham Wood.