Man dies in Sidmouth house fire

House fire in Howarth Close, Sidmouth. Ref shs 5277-25-14AW

House fire in Howarth Close, Sidmouth. Ref shs 5277-25-14AW - Credit: Archant

A MAN has died following a fire at a Sidmouth house this morning.

Devon and Somerset Fire Control received numerous calls to a fire in Howarth Close at around 7.43am.

Callers stated smoke was issuing form the property.

A fire service spokesperson said: “The first officer in attendance immediately requested three fire appliances for man power and to assist breathing apparatus teams.

“Soon after this, the incident commander requested the incident was increased to a five pumping appliance attendance, as it was unclear how many people were still inside the building. Fire appliances were mobilised from Honiton, Seaton, Ottery St Mary and Sidmouth.

“One seriously injured male casualty was rescued from the three-story domestic property by fire crews who encountered severe heat.

“The property is 100 per cent damaged by smoke and fire. Crews used 12 breathing apparatus sets, three hose reels, positive pressure ventilation fans, ladders and thermal imagine equipment.”

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The Red Cross Fire and Emergency Support Service also attended the incident.

A police representative said that, at around 7.52am, officers were called to an address in Howarth Close following a fire, and that a man suffered fatal injuries. He was pronounced dead at the scene. There were no other casualties.