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Probe launched into fatal blaze in Townhill Park, Southampton
7:51am Friday 27th September 2013 in News
A PENSIONER died following a fire at a flat in Southampton last night.
The 69-year old man died last after a blaze broke out in his first floor flat in Townhill Park, Southampton. He was found dead in his armchair by firecrews.
Crews from Hightown and Redbridge fire station were called out last night to Dyneley Green at 7.42pm where a fire had broken out in flat nine.
The fire, which was confined to the living room, was not started deliberately, police have confirmed.
Neighbours described thick, black smoke swirling round the closed windows of the stricken flat.
Next door neighbour Paul Awcock, 50, said: "I did not see any flames. It was totally smoke blind in there in all the rooms.
"I was in my garden and I could see the firemen. they were shouting up to him to open the windows but there was no response."
Mr Awcock said he had been unaware a fire had broken out next door.
He said: "I had been watching East Enders and the next minute we heard loud banging which must the fireman knocking the door down.
"You could see the smoke coming out of the door. the firemen went in and somebody shouted revive him.
"People were stood around watching trying to find out what exactly happened."
Another neighbour said a police cordon was then put up.
She said: "People were told to move behind it and there were loads of people watching trying to figure out what was going on. There was not much smoke and you could not see the fire."
Hampshire Fire and Rescue said that within four minutes an adult male was found, but was pronounced dead at the scene.
No-one else was injured. The man has not been formally identified.
Investigations are continuing into the nature of the fire but Hampshire Police told the Daily Echo that they do not believe it was suspicious.
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