Probe launched after pensioner dies in blaze

The bungalow where the pensioner died
The bungalow where the pensioner died
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A pensioner died from suspected smoke inhalation after a fire broke out at a home in Bispham.

Firefighters were called to the smoke-filled property in Glenfield Avenue at around 2.20pm yesterday after the man’s daughter had been unable to contact him.

After gaining entry fire crews discovered an 81-year-old man in a bedroom.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The man has not yet been formally identified and crews are still to discover what started the fire.

Bispham crew manager Paul Jennings said: “We had a 999 phone call from the man’s daughter and then arrived at the scene.

“The property was smoke-filled, but at first it was not clear whether or not there was a person inside.

“Upon gaining entry to the home we found the man.

“There is an ongoing investigation as to the cause of the fire, but we suspect the man has died from smoke inhalation.

“Fire investigators will attend the scene today for a more in-depth investigation, where we hope to discover the cause.”

Three fire engines, three police cars and an ambulance were sent to the scene following the 999 call.

Neighbours told of their shock at the incident. Derek Redmayne, 58, said: “I heard the fire engines arriving. There were police cars and an ambulance too.

“As soon as I heard them I ran outside but I think he was already dead by then.

“It’s quite shocking – you just don’t expect it here.”

Albert Foster, 82, saw firefighters arrive with his wife Joan, 79. He said: “There felt like so many fire engines.

“I’m very surprised what has happened. Nobody really knew the man.

“We saw him quite often but didn’t really speak to him. It’s very sad.”

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