Investigation finds the cause of fatal Derby house fire

A fatal Derby house fire is believed to have been caused by an electrical appliance.

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service were called to a mid-terraced property in Walbrook Road, Normanton, yesterday, Wednesday, December 9.

On entering the property, firefighters found one male occupant who was pronounced dead at the scene.

An investigation into the cause of the fire has now concluded that the most likely explanation was an electrical appliance and has determined that it was accidental.

It is the second fatal fire in Derbyshire in two days believed to have been caused by an electrical appliance.

On Tuesday morning, an 87-year-old man died in hospital following a fire at his bungalow in Ilkeston.

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service group manager Steve Wells said: “It’s devastating to witness a second fire fatality due to electrical appliances in two days, and once again I’d like to extend the thoughts and sympathy of everyone at Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service to the family and friends of both gentleman.

“On December 8, we responded to another house fire in Ilkeston, where sadly an 87-year-old gentleman died following a fire also caused by an electrical appliance.

“I am sure people will be reading this and may be concerned for their own safety, or that of a relative.

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“There are some simple steps you can take immediately – checking smoke alarms are working and that everyone knows how to get out of the home should a fire break out.

“You can access specific electrical fire safety advice and information on our website here.”

The blaze in Normanton closed Walbrook Road in both directions for around two hours.

There was a heavy police at the scene with forensics officers carrying out investigative work and at least five Derbyshire police vehicles outside the cordon.

Fire crews and community safety officers have been in Normanton today talking to residents, providing reassurance and fire safety advice and information.

Officers from Derbyshire police and Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service will now be preparing reports for the coroner.

Courtesy of Derbyshire Live – Derby News