Probe launched and residents evacuated after man dies in Kirkby house fire

A joint investigation has been launched after a man died in a house fire in Kirkby.

Thursday, 7th January 2021, 2:33 pm

Officers from Nottinghamshire Police and Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service were called to reports of a blaze at a property on Marlborough Road at around 2.08am this morning (Thursday, January 7).

The building was fully alight when they arrived and a man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Crews from Ashfield, Mansfield, Blidworth and Alfreton attended and used breathing apparatus, hose reels and positive pressure ventilation to extinguish the fire.

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Multiple police cars pictured at the scene of the fire.

Occupants from the neighboring properties were evacuated and rehoused overnight.

Detective Sergeant Mark Shaw, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: "We're keeping an open mind while we determine what caused the blaze but at the moment there's no suggestion of suspicious circumstances.

"The man's family have been informed and we're working to support them during this difficult time.

"We understand residents living nearby will have concerns about what happened and we're working with our colleagues at the fire service to reassure them as best we can during the current lockdown."

Area Manager at Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue, Mick Sharman, said: “After this serious incident I would like to remind people the guidance and importance of having working smoke alarms in their homes and businesses.

“You should have at least one working smoke alarm on every level, test your alarms regularly and change your smoke alarm if it is not working.

“Smoke alarms do save lives and we will continue to do our best to keep our communities safe.”

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