Joint investigation launched after man dies following house fire

07/01/2021

A joint investigation has been launched after a man died following a house fire in Kirkby-in-Ashfield.

Officers from Nottinghamshire police and Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) were called to Marlborough Road at around 2.08am today (7 January 2021).

The building was fully alight and a man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Crews from Ashfield, Mansfield, Blidworth and Alfreton (Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service) Fire Station attended and used Breathing Apparatus (BA), Hose Reels (HR) and Positive Pressure Ventilation (PPV) to put out the fire.

Occupants from the neighboring properties were evacuated and rehoused overnight.

Detective Sergeant Mark Shaw, said: "We're keeping an open mind while we determine what caused the blaze but at the moment there's no suggestion of suspicious circumstances.

"The man's family have been informed and we're working to support them during this difficult time.

"We understand residents living nearby will have concerns about what happened and we're working with our colleagues at the fire service to reassure them as best we can during the current lockdown."

Area Manager at NFRS, Mick Sharman, said: “After this serious incident I would like to remind people the guidance and importance of having working smoke alarms in their homes and businesses.

“You should have at least one working smoke alarm on every level, test your alarms regularly and change your smoke alarm if it is not working. Smoke alarms do save lives.

“Our thoughts are with the man's family during this time."

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