TV fault caused fatal fire
Fire investigators have determined that the fire which claimed the life of a Newark man early this morning was caused by an electrical fault.
Investigations by the team have concluded that the fire started in the television set which had been left switched on, or on stand-by, in the living room at Vine Way, where the body of the occupier was found. A working smoke alarm was fitted at the property.
Deputy Chief Fire Officer John Buckley said. “An electrical fire could happen to anyone at any time, although the consequences on this occasion were particularly devastating and our sympathies are with the gentleman’s family.
“Our advice is to switch off all electrical items that can be turned off when they are not in use, make sure sockets are not overloaded, and check for loose wires and faulty plugs.
“All householders can also take further valuable steps towards protecting lives by fitting smoke alarms. They usually cost no more than £10, they are easy to install and test and are a critical early warning system if a fire does start.”