Posted: Wednesday 30 December 2020, 12:47
A 58 year old man has died in a house fire on Brighton Road, Alvaston.
Firefighters from Nottingham Road, Kingsway and Long Eaton were called to attend the terraced property following a call from Derbyshire police at 22:02 hours on Boxing Day, Saturday 26 December 2020.
The Service first reported the incident as a serious fire, but sadly can now confirm that this was a fatal fire.
Area Manager Roy Reynolds said: “I’d like to extend the thoughts and sympathy of everyone at Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service and on behalf of our emergency service colleagues, to the family and friends of the deceased at this distressing time.
“When fire crews arrived at the incident the male occupant was already out of the property and in the care of the ambulance service, but sadly he was pronounced deceased at the scene.”
A joint fire investigation with Derbyshire police concluded that the most likely cause of the fire was discarded smoking materials.
Firefighters have been in the Brighton Road area of Alvaston offering fire safety advice and information to local residents.
The Service would like to remind people of the following advice:
- Ensure you have a working smoke alarm fitted on every level of your property
- Test your smoke alarms weekly
- Ensure you have an escape plan. If a fire broke out in your home how would you get out? Get Out, Stay Out and Call 999
- Always use an ashtray
- Always put out cigarettes out, right out
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