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Elderly man dies after house fire in Plymouth

Elderly man dies after house fire in Plymouth

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 10:22am 9th May 2020. (Updated at 11:59am 9th May 2020)

An elderly man has died after a house fire in Plymouth.

Firefighters and police the shout to Beaconfield Road just after 11am on Friday morning.

Sadly a man in his 80s died at the scene and a second person has been taken to hospital with smoke inhalation.

Officers say the blaze is not being treated as suspicious and an investigation remains ongoing.


"At 11.13 hours on Friday 8th May 2020, Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service and police attended a house fire in Beaconfield Road, Beacon Park, Plymouth.

"Sadly one person, a male in his 80's has been pronounced deceased and a second person has taken to Derriford hospital suffering the effects of smoke inhalation.

"The deceased person's next of kin have been informed.

"An ongoing investigation between the police and fire investigators is taking place, however at the current time there are no suspicious circumstances."

Devon and Cornwall Police 

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"Crews from our Camels Head, Crownhill and Greenbank stations in Plymouth were mobilised following multiple calls to smoke and then flames issuing from a property at the above location. Occupants were reported to still be in the property, unable to evacuate, at the time of these calls and so this information was passed to crews en route.

"Crews were on scene within minutes and shortly after the first appliance arrived, confirmed that one occupant had been rescued prior to our arrival and was soon en route to hospital, after receiving first aid from firefighters. A 2nd casualty was located on the ground floor of the 2 storey semi detached property and left in the hands of Ambulance crews.

"The fire, the cause of which has yet to be determined, was extinguished by 4 breathing apparatus wearers using 2 hose reel jets, with a safety jet in place, before crews used 2 positive pressure ventilation fans to clear the property of the smoke, 2 thermal imaging cameras to check for hotspots and 2 gas detection monitors to check for any leaks. The incident was brought under control at 12:31hrs and whilst all fire crews have returned, fire investigation officers from both the fire service and the police remain on scene trying to establish the cause."

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service

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