An investigation into the death of a man in South Shore was continuing today.
The man, believed to be in his early 40s, was found in the kitchen on his home on Miller Street on Monday night, where there was evidence of a chip pan fire.
It is not yet known if the fire killed the man, who has not been formally identified.
Steve Burrows, 38, from nearby Shaw Road, said he had enquired about some kittens the man was giving away last week.
Mr Burrows, who said he did not know the man by name, said: “He seemed quite a lonely and quiet fellow really, but I never got to know him that well.
“He had about four or five kittens running around.”
South Shore fire station crew manager Andy Halls said: “There were smoke detectors in the property and they were both working, but they did not activate as the fire was contained in the kitchen.
“There is a full fire investigation to ascertain what happened.”
Police were called to the house at 7.30pm by a neighbour who was concerned she had not seen the man since Friday.
A spokeswoman said officers forced entry to the house, and firefighters from South Shore were called to the scene because of the burned kitchen.
Fire crews confirmed there were no cats in the property at the time of the incident.
The death is currently being treated as “unexplained”.