Blaze victim, 75, died from ‘severe burns’

The house on North Albert Street where William Thompson died in a blaze tragedy.

The house on North Albert Street where William Thompson died in a blaze tragedy.

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A Fleetwood pensioner died from the effects of severe burns after an horrific blaze engulfed his home, an inquest heard.

William Towers Thompson, 75, was rescued by firefighters after a blaze ripped through his North Albert Street home on December 9.

But despite the heroics of firefighters and the quick response of paramedics, he was too badly injured to survive.

An inquest at Preston Coroner’s Office in Fulwood confirmed that the cause of death was from complications associated with burning, as well as cerebral infarction.

Claire Hammond, area coroner for Preston and West Lancashire, recorded a verdict of death due to misadventure.

Mr Thompson died later on the same day of the blaze, even though he had been taken to intensive care at the Royal Preston Hospital.

The pensioner, who struggled with his mobility, lived alone in the terraced house and was a well known figure in the area around his home.

He had several relatives in the town.

After the blaze, firefighters who investigated the scene concluded that the fire had been caused by lit candles which had somehow ignited furnishings in Mr Thompson’s home.

After the tragedy Steve Chappell, station manager at Fleetwood, warned people to take care with candles, and said even small tealights could generate a huge amount of heat and melt plastic TV sets if they were placed on top of them.