Pensioner found dead after house fire

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A pensioner was found dead after emergency crews were called to a ferocious house fire in St Helens.

Crews were called to a property on Samuel Street - which had no smoke alarms - shortly before 11.30pm last Friday (November 21).

Tragically, the body of an 88-year-old man was found inside. An inquest into the man’s death is now set to be held to establish the exact cause of death.

An investigation into the cause of the fire is continuing but at this stage it is suspected to be accidental.

The blaze caused severe fire damage to the lounge of the property.

District manager Chris Case said: “Crews were quickly on scene. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the property and the body of an elderly man was discovered inside.

“Next door neighbours could smell smoke and contacted the fire service. Firefighters then discovered the fire next door to the neighbour’s property.”

He added: “This fire started in a property which had no working smoke alarms. Smoke alarms can give vital early warning of a fire.

“We urge people to have working smoke alarms on each level of their home. If people have elderly relatives you can request a Home Fire Safety Check, where fire safety advice is given, by calling 0800 7315958.”

Firefighters from St Helens, Eccleston and Whiston were all called to the scene, along with the fire service’s incident management team.