Man dies in flat fire in North Birkenhead

A man has been found dead following a flat fire in Birkenhead, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (MFRS) has confirmed.

MFRS was called to Townsend Street, Birkenhead, on Sunday 19 March. Crews were alerted at 4.40pm and on scene at 4.45pm. Three fire engines attended.

On arrival crews found a first-floor flat to be well alight. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the property and used a hose reel jet to extinguish the fire.

Sadly, firefighters located the body of a 75-year-old man inside the property.

His next of kin have been informed. It is believed the fire started accidentally and was caused by smoker’s materials.

A spokesperson for Onward said, “We are extremely saddened by this tragic incident and send our deepest sympathies to the resident’s family and close friends. We will continue to support our residents and staff at Foxleigh Grange as they recover from this loss to their community. 

“This fire is currently being treated as an isolated incident. All homes at Foxleigh Grange have been inspected following the fire and no further damage has been identified. The fire alarms system operated as it should, and all residents have been able to remain in their own homes.  

“We will continue to support Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service with any further investigations at Foxleigh Grange, with the safety and wellbeing of residents continuing to be our number one priority.” 


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