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SIDMOUTH: Man dies in house fire

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

A Sidmouth man suffered fatal injuries after a fire engulfed a house in Howarth Close early on Sunday morning. Fire crews from across East Devon were called to the scene at around 7.45am on Sunday (June 15th), following a number of reports of smoke coming from the property. Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue teams were able to rescue the man from the three-storey house using specialist equipment, but police later confirmed he was pronounced dead at the scene. A spokesperson reported that the property had been “100 per cent damaged” by the blaze, the cause of which is still unknown. When alerted to the incident at 7.43am, the first officer at the scene immediately requested three fire appliances after acknowledging the extent of the fire. Fire crews from Honiton, Seaton and Ottery St Mary, as well as Sidmouth, were called into action. A spokesperson for Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue said: “The first officer in attendance immediately requested three fire appliances for man power and to assist breathing apparatus teams. “Soon after this, the Incident Commander requested the incident was increased to a five pumping appliance attendance, as it was unclear how many people were still inside the building, and fire appliances were mobilised from Honiton, Seaton, Ottery St Mary and Sidmouth. “One seriously injured male casualty was rescued from the three-storey domestic property by fire crews, who encountered severe heat.” The cause of the blaze which led to the man’s death has yet to be established and police are continuing with their enquiries, but there are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances.


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