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Bamford fire investigation concluded

A joint police and fire investigation into the cause of a fatal fire in Bamford has concluded that the most probable cause was a naked flame to combustible materials.

Firefighters were called to the fire in a flat on Brentwood Avenue, Bamford at 07:14 hours on Monday 11 May, entering the property wearing breathing apparatus and rescuing a 65-year-old gentleman. Sadly, the gentleman was pronounced dead at the scene.  

Station Manager Lee Williams said: “Once again I’d like to extend the thoughts and sympathy of everyone at Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service to the family and friends of the deceased at this distressing time.

“I am sure people will be reading this and may be concerned for their own safety, or that of a relative, friend or neighbour, so Firefighters and Community Safety Officers will continue to have a presence in the local area over the next few days to provide fire safety advice and reassurance to residents and pupils and staff at Bamford Primary School.“

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service would like to remind everyone of the importance of having working smoke alarms fitted on every level of their home, to test them weekly, and to have a planned and practiced escape plan that everyone in the property is aware of.

For more information on fire safety in the home visit our website or follow us on social media @DerbyshireFRS.

Firefighters from Hathersage, Bradwell and South Yorkshire’s Rivelin Valley attended the fire supported by EMAS and colleagues from Derbyshire Constabulary.

Anyone with information should call Derbyshire Constabulary on 101, quoting reference 21*255462 of 10 May.