Fire spread from garden to house killing ‘elderly’ man inside

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A tragic fire which killed an "elderly" man in his home spread to the house after starting in the garden.

Emergency services were called to Canterbury Way, in Netherton, shortly after 6pm on Wednesday to reports of a blaze at a house.

According to the fire service, the fire started in the back garden of the property before catching onto the house.

As fire crews began tackling the fire, the man, believed to be in his 80s, was found inside the home before dying from his injuries at the scene.

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In a statement, Merseyside Fire and Rescue confirmed the sad news and that the man's next of kin had been informed.

Mark Thomas, Group Manager for Prevention at MFRS, said: “On arrival, fire crews found a well-developed fire at the rear of the terraced property.

"The fire had fully engulfed a lean-to in the garden and was spreading inside the property. Crews were able to bring the fire under control quickly.

“Sadly, it became clear very early into the incident that a male had been involved in the blaze. He died of his injuries at the scene."

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Flowers left at the house where the tragedy happened

He added: “The cause and the circumstances have been investigated by the Police and our Incident Investigation Team.

"The initial investigation indicates that this was a tragic accident after a garden fire has developed out of control.

“MFRS Prevention staff are planning follow-up activity in the area next week to provide reassurance to the local community.”

Shortly after the fire, a neighbour told the ECHO that the man who lived in the property had died.

Fire scene on Canterbury Way in Netherton

They said: "Some people in the area noticed the fire in the back garden and weren't sure if maybe the smoke was from a barbecue or something.

"But when it carried on they called 999 and firefighters were here within minutes.

"It's so sad, I think he was about 80 and lived alone at the house."

A single bunch of flowers was left at the scene of the fire on Thursday in a poignant tribute to the man.

The cordoned off house on Canterbury Way.

Others also posted kind messages on Facebook and shared their condolences with the man's family.

Stephen Coughlan said: "Rest in peace fella."

Teresa Harris also said: "R.I.P God Bless You xxx."

On the ECHO website, Jacqui McLelland said: "Rest in peace. Such a sad way to die.

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