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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Fatal Flat Fire in Burton

10/12/2010

A 59 year old man has died following a flat fire on Branston Road in Burton this morning.

"Crews found two people still asleep in one flat and rescued them. We also forced entry to the flat which was on fire and used hose reel jets to tackle the blaze."

Station Manager, Paul Richins

Firefighters were called to the three-storey property which contained nine flats at 1.50am after a neighbouring flat had called to report a fire on the ground floor of the property.

Two crews from Burton, one crew from Tutbury and one crew from Barton-under-Needwood attended and on arrival found eight people had already evacuated their flats and were outside.

Firefighters forced entry to a number of flats to check for casualties after being told by the occupiers who were outside they believed there were still people inside.

Station Manager, Paul Richins said: "Crews found two people still asleep in one flat and rescued them. They were then taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation. We also forced entry to the flat which was on fire and used hose reel jets to tackle the blaze.

"We found a male casualty on the sofa and took him outside. He was sadly confirmed dead by paramedics at the scene.

"The fire has destroyed the flat and smoke logged communal areas of the building. There will be a joint investigation between fire investigation officers and scenes of crimes officers this morning to determine the cause; however the fire is not believed to be suspicious."

Crews left the scene at 6.45am and the joint investigation will begin at 10.00am this morning.