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FATALITY: BUILDER DIES IN HOUSE REFURB FIRE

Firefighters believe the blaze was started by a cigarette

It has been reported by the Liverpool Echo that a builder died in a blaze whilst working on a house in Wirral.

Emergency services were called to Rock Ban at 7.50pm on Tuesday 23 July after the fire broke out in the front room of the ground floor of the property. Firefighters found a man in the kitchen who was treated by paramedics. He was later pronounced dead.

A neighbour said he heard there was more than one man in the house at the time of the fire – but the police were unable to confirm this and said they only had a report of “a builder working on a house” involved.

Fire crews have now competed their initial investigation and believe a cigarette had caused the fire.

Station manager Mark Thomas said: “Fire appliances were quickly on scene.

“Fire fighters wearing breathing apparatus had to force entry into the property. They located an individual on the kitchen floor and brought the male outside and handed him to paramedics who immediately commenced CPR. Fire fighters also carried out a thorough search to make sure no-one else was inside the property and extinguished the fire which involved a ground floor settee.

The initial investigation has been completed into the fire and the cause is suspected to be a cigarette which came into contact with the settee. It is thought the cigarette was dropped by accident.”

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