Inquest opens into fire death

A man died in a house fire on Hastings Avenue in Bispham
A man died in a house fire on Hastings Avenue in Bispham
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AN inquest has opened after a pensioner died in a fire at his home.

Alan Edwards, 73, from Hastings Avenue, Bispham, was found dead by firefighters in his lounge on December 22.

Neighbours alerted fire crews and police to the semi-detached house when a fire was spotted in the front room.

PC Helen Lees, the Blackpool Coroner’s officer, said: “Lancashire Fire and Rescue were called to the address at 8am on the 22 December, but unfortunately Mr Edwards was found deceased in the property and a paramedic confirmed his death.

“There is an ongoing inquiry by Lancashire Fire and Rescue but there are no suspicious circumstances.”

The house was full of smoke when firefighters from Bispham and Blackpool entered it and reported a “small, smouldering fire” in the living room where Mr Edwards was found.

Mr Edwards had lived in Hastings Avenue for 30 years and was alone in the house when firefighters forced entry.

One residents, who did not want to be named, described Mr Edwards as a “lovely man”.

Tony Ashworth, Lancashire Fire and Rescue’s headquarters station manager told The Gazette at the time of the fire: “The room was smoke logged but the fire didn’t get hot enough to break any windows so there’s been a build up of smoke in the building.

“We can’t speculate on what has happened but as with all unexplained deaths involving fire we’ve a multi agency investigation taking place to establish the cause of the fire.”

Blackpool Coroner Anne Hind told the inquest a post-mortem examination was carried out by Dr Dariusz Golka at Blackpool Victoria Hospital. However, a cause of death was not determined because the hospital is still awaiting toxicology reports.

The inquest was adjourned to allow for Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service to complete their investigation.