Time of Incident: 17/01/2020 - 01:39
Location: Parkgate Road, Parkgate, Neston
Attendance: Three fire engines have attended - one from Powey Lane, one from Ellesmere Port and one from Heswall in Merseyside - as has an aerial ladder platform from Chester
ONGOING: At around 1.40am firefighters were called to reports of a fire at an occupied first floor flat in Parkgate, Neston.
On arrival at the flat on Parkgate Road crews discovered that it was a significant fire.
Firefighters also soon discovered a man's body in the flat.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The gas supply to the property was isolated and two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used a main jet and a hose reel jet to extinguish the fire.
The fire is believed to have started in the kitchen.
It spread to the roof space and the shop underneath the flat has sustained water damage due to leaking pipes.
The fire did not spread to neighbouring properties.
Firefighters inspected neighbouring properties.
Thermal imaging cameras were used to check for hotspots in all of the properties that firefighters entered.
Once the fire was out firefighters damped the flat down to make it safe.
They also used a large fan to clear smoke from the flat.
An aerial ladder platform was used to removed roof tiles and damp the flat down from above.
The road was closed by the police and paramedics accessed someone at a neighbouring property who was suffering from the effects of smoke inhalation.
They did not go to hospital..
An investigation into the cause of the fire has begun.
One fire engine remains in attendance.
Firefighters have isolated the water supply to the property due to the leaking pipes.
Update at 10am
The road remains closed and Scottish Power have confirmed that the electricity supply to the property has been isolated.
Scottish Power workers had to dig up a pavement in order to do this.
Update at 11.15am
Cheshire Constabulary has issued the following statement regarding the incident:
At 2.05am this morning (Friday 17 January) police were called by Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service to a flat fire on Parkgate Road, Neston.
While firefighters were tackling the fire and searching the premises, the body of a man was discovered in one of the rooms.
Police and fire officers are investigating the circumstances and enquiries are in the early stages.
The man's next of kin has been informed.
Anyone with any information in relation to the incident is asked to contact Cheshire Constabulary on 101, quoting IML 613997, or visit https://www.cheshire.police.uk/tua/tell-us-about.
Update at 4.30pm
Road closures have now been lifted.
Firefighters were in attendance for around 13 hours and 40 minutes.