Flat fire in Neston

17/01/2020 - 01:39

Parkgate Road, Parkgate, Neston

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


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.

Firefighters were in attendance for around 13 hours and 40 minutes.

An investigation into the fire has concluded that the most probable cause of the fire was an electrical fault in the fridge freezer.

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Last updated: Tuesday 21 January 2020